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Safety of Bus Drivers Improved With RediTALK Dispatch

Operating for over 95 years, Howick and Eastern Buses Limited provide buses for public transportation across Auckland, New Zealand. Looking into upgrading their communications technology, they implemented a major upgrade of their radio network including an ICOM NXDN digital radio system together with RediTALK dispatch consoles.


Customer Profile

City-wide Public Transport Operator



RediTALK and ICOM NXDN Integration


Products Used

– RediTALK Dispatch Console
– DRG100 Digital Radio Gateway

Business Benefits

Improved Utilization of Radio Network Resources


Simple Installation and Setup


Easy to Use


Flexibility to Adapt to Future Needs


Driver Safety Features

A Great Partnership

The partnership between Signals NZ, ICOM and mnitronics was key to the success of the implementation. Signals NZ were able to understand the unique customer requirements and recommend and implement a solution that provided the best fit. The entire radio network was upgraded within six days and without interruption to the bus services.


Hear From Our Customer

“Signals NZ along with ICOM New Zealand provided a new NXDN digital radio and dispatch system that was off the shelf and amazing from day one.”

Troy O’Dea, Operations Manager | Howick and Eastern

Simple Yet Powerful

The Ease of Use of RediTALK Dispatch was key to the success of the system. The configurable screen layout and simple avigation meant operator training was minimal.


Hear From Our Customer

 “The Omnitronics RediTALK dispatch system is so easy to use yet so powerful and full of features.”

Ian Lisk, General Manager | Signals NZ

Integrated Safety Features

One of the most effective features of the new radio system is the ability for busdrivers to quickly indicate duress through the press of a button. This sets off an alert onto the RediTALK screen and the operator can then monitor radio to assess the situation.

Efficient Communication

The integration of RediTALK with the NXDN radio network has added significant value to Howick and Eastern’s operations.

Features such as Individual, Group and All Call has enabled them to quickly and easily select the best means of communicating to the drivers whether it be for important updates, changes to routes or driver welfare checks. Text messages are also used for non-urgent communications.

Dispatch Operators can also quickly review call history and instantly replay transmissions to ensure they have all the details, without requiring the drivers to repeat information.


RediTALK Has Provided A Reliable, Easy And Powerful Dispatch Platform

RediTALK has provided a reliable, easy to use and yet powerful dispatch platform on which Howick and Eastern can operate on.

The combination of powerful features such as individual calls, group calls, text messaging, emergency alerts and call history enable operators to gain simple control of the radio network.

In addition, due to the IP network infrastructure and the fact that there is no server, the dispatch network can easily grow as Howick and Eastern continues to expand their operations.

Thanks to Ian and the team at Signals NZ for recommending and effectively implementing the solution.

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