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Fern Communications Ltd is a United Kingdom based supplier of two-way radio communications equipment. It specialises in the design and manufacture of communications systems for the international upstream oil and gas industry, and the emergency services sector. With its primary headquarters in Suffolk, England, Fern Communications also operates from a facility in Aberdeen, Scotland. [1]

History

Established in 2002, the company was co-founded by Managing Director Jennifer Cushion, an Australian electronics engineer, and Technical Director Clive Cushion, a British industrial product designer. [2]

In 2007, Fern Communications introduced the oil and gas industry to the FRX-1 ATEX portable radio repeater, its flagship communications system, [3] The FRX-1 provides consistent, uninterrupted radio communication, which is critical to the safe and efficient delivery of well services, especially offshore. Unfortunately, standard radio systems are extremely vulnerable to ‘black spots.’ [4] Typically, these are solid structures that make up the platform and block radio signals, making it impossible for the targeted receiving radio to receive the signal. The upshot is that radio communications consistently break down in certain areas. In an effort to solve this problem, Fern Communications developed the FRX-1 radio repeater. It remains the only system of its kind that effectively bends the radio signal around a solid structure so that it reaches its target destination: the receiving radio located on the other side of the structure. [5] [6] The FRX-1 provides reliable two-way radio communication, which improves productivity, and enhances health and safety standards.

The FRX-1 is exported for use offshore to oil services companies operating in the United States [7], Qatar [8] [9] [10], Norway [11], Kazakhstan, Iran, Sweden, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Angola, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Poland, Brunei and Hong Kong, among others.

Having established itself in the oil and gas industry, in 2009 Fern Communications identified the emergency services sector as a niche market for its radio communications systems. [12] [13] The company began conducting a number of field trials for fire and rescue organisations in mountain tunnels, subsea bunkers, rail tunnels[14] and high rise buildings in Taiwan, [15] [16] England[17] [18] and Norway. Each trial conducted was a success, with every rescue organisation reporting that for the first time they experienced no breakdown in radio communications. [19]

Later that year, the company introduced the FRW-1, the all-weather, waterproof version of the FRX-1. [20] [21] The system is now a standard component of radio communications equipment for a number of emergency services organisations and oil services companies in Taiwan[22] [23] [24], the United Kingdom [25] [26] and Norway. [27]

The company continues to expand into new geographic markets. In 2011, Fern conducted field trials with the FRX-1 for the first time in Romania. The trials, which were carried out in water tunnels on behalf of a water company in Bucharest, demonstrated improvement in radio communications. Soon thereafter, the organisation purchased several systems and Fern Communications appointed a distributor to represent the company in Romania.

Company Focus

As a developer and supplier of two-way radio communications equipment, Fern produces systems that maintain continuous radio communication, regardless of location. Every field trial conducted with FRX-1 and FRW-1 systems has resulted in significant improvement in maintaining a continuous radio signal. For example, successful trials were conducted for Technip in the Gulf of Mexico [28] [29], QServ in the North Sea [30], and Qatargas offshore Qatar[31] [32] [33].

To provide a means of communicating in tunnels greater than one kilometre long, the company began developing the FRW-XB Crossband Repeater. The system is currently in the final phases of testing, and is scheduled for release in 2012.

See also


References

  1. About (http://www.ferncom.com/about/)
  2. “Qatar Mogul Takes East of England Radio Technology” (http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/hi-tech/12567-qatar-mogul-takes-east-of-england-radio-technology) Business Weekly. August 18, 2011.
  3. “Fern communications introduces ATEX-certified portable radio repeater” (http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/2007/09/fern-communications-introduces-atex-certified-portable-radio-repeater.html) Offshore. September 5, 2007.
  4. “Fern Communications radio repeater improves communications offshore Qatar” (http://www.ameinfo.com/273244.html) AMEINFO.com. August l8 2011.
  5. “Radio coverage increases” (http://www.epmag.com/EP-Magazine/archive/Radio-coverage-increases_747) Hart’s E&P. January 3, 2008.
  6. “Bending Radio Signals” (http://www.spe.org/jpt/print/archives/2009/01/JPT2009_01_8TechApps.pdf) Journal of Petroleum Technology. January 2009.
  7. “Fern Communications Completes Radio Sea Trials” (http://www.offshore-mag.com/index/article-display/8763210501/articles/offshore/equipment-engineering/us-gulf-of-mexico-2/2009/08/fern-communications.html). Offshore. September 1, 2009.
  8. “Qatar Mogul Takes East of England Radio Technology” (http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/hi-tech/12567-qatar-mogul-takes-east-of-england-radio-technology) Business Weekly. August 18, 2011.
  9. “Fern Communications Radio Repeater Improves Communications Offshore Qatar” (http://www.petroleumafrica.com/en/newsarticle.php?NewsID=11980&PHPSESSID=d580dc95e08d4d5dbc4f0b9ab7b0af9e), Petroleum Africa. August 18, 2011.
  10. “FRW-1 radio repeater improves radio communications for fire fighters in Taiwan” (http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/frw-1-radio-repeater-improves-radio-communications.shtml) Scandinavian Oil & Gas. May 9, 2011.
  11. “Lowestoft company expands in Scandinavia” (http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/lowestoft_company_expands_in_scandinavia_1_51276) Lowestoft Journal. August 17, 2009.
  12. “Rescue workers in Taiwan welcome UK radio communications equipment” (http://www.oilonline.com/default.asp?id=259&nid=19310&name=Rescue+workers+in+Taiwan+welcome+UK+radio+communications+equipment) wwwoilonline.com. June 14, 2011.
  13. “Radio technology might have saved lives in London bombings” (http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/hi-tech/11773-radio-technology-might-have-saved-lives-in-london-bombings) Business Weekly. May 9, 2011.
  14. “It’s good to talk” (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=32&refresh=W1o907LfcQ12&EID=5a1fc819-9a2a-4026-a0a8-3ee49d86d997&skip=&p=32) Luton & Herald Post. January 14, 2010.
  15. “Rescue workers in Taiwan welcome UK radio communications equipment” (http://www.oilonline.com/default.asp?id=259&nid=19310&name=Rescue+workers+in+Taiwan+welcome+UK+radio+communications+equipment) wwwoilonline.com. June 14, 2011.
  16. “FRW-1 radio repeater improves radio communications for fire fighters in Taiwan” (http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/frw-1-radio-repeater-improves-radio-communications.shtml) Scandinavian Oil & Gas. May 9, 2011.
  17. “Fern Communications' FRX-1 Radio Repeater Provides Dramatically-Improved Radio Communications for Fire and Rescue Services in England and Wales” (http://www.emsworld.com/news/10339250/fern-communications-frx-1-radio-repeater-provides-dramatically-improved-radio-communications-for-fire-and-rescue-services-in-england-and-wales) www.emsworld.com. October 26, 2009.
  18. “It’s good to talk” (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=32&refresh=W1o907LfcQ12&EID=5a1fc819-9a2a-4026-a0a8-3ee49d86d997&skip=&p=32) Luton & Herald Post. January 14, 2010.
  19. “It’s good to talk” (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=32&refresh=W1o907LfcQ12&EID=5a1fc819-9a2a-4026-a0a8-3ee49d86d997&skip=&p=32) Luton & Herald Post. January 14, 2010.
  20. “Rescue workers in Taiwan welcome UK radio communications equipment” (http://www.oilonline.com/default.asp?id=259&nid=19310&name=Rescue+workers+in+Taiwan+welcome+UK+radio+communications+equipment) wwwoilonline.com. June 14, 2011.
  21. “Fern Communications' FRW-1 Portable Radio Repeater dramatically increases emergency radio coverage by eliminating radio black spots” (http://www.securitypark.co.uk/security_article266251.html) www.securitypark.net. May 20, 2011.
  22. “Qatar Mogul Takes East of England Radio Technology” (http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/hi-tech/12567-qatar-mogul-takes-east-of-england-radio-technology) Business Weekly. August 18, 2011.
  23. “FRW-1 radio repeater improves radio communications for fire fighters in Taiwan” (http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/frw-1-radio-repeater-improves-radio-communications.shtml) Scandinavian Oil & Gas. May 9, 2011.
  24. “FRW-1 radio repeater improves radio communications for fire fighters in Taiwan” (http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/frw-1-radio-repeater-improves-radio-communications.shtml) Scandinavian Oil & Gas. May 9, 2011.
  25. “Fern Communications' FRX-1 Radio Repeater Provides Dramatically-Improved Radio Communications for Fire and Rescue Services in England and Wales” (http://www.emsworld.com/news/10339250/fern-communications-frx-1-radio-repeater-provides-dramatically-improved-radio-communications-for-fire-and-rescue-services-in-england-and-wales) www.emsworld.com. October 26, 2009.
  26. “It’s good to talk” (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=32&refresh=W1o907LfcQ12&EID=5a1fc819-9a2a-4026-a0a8-3ee49d86d997&skip=&p=32) Luton & Herald Post. January 14, 2010.
  27. “Lowestoft company expands in Scandinavia” (http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/lowestoft_company_expands_in_scandinavia_1_51276) Lowestoft Journal. August 17, 2009.
  28. “Fern Communications Completes Radio Sea Trials” (http://www.offshore-mag.com/index/article-display/8763210501/articles/offshore/equipment-engineering/us-gulf-of-mexico-2/2009/08/fern-communications.html). Offshore. September 1, 2009.
  29. “Fern Communications’ Radio Repeater Performs for Technip” (http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=79868) www.rigzone.com. September 1, 2009.
  30. “FRX-1 Radio Repeater provides continuous radio communications” (http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/frx-1-radio-repeater-provides-continuous-radio-com.shtml) Scandinavian Oil & Gas. October 30, 2008.
  31. “Qatar Mogul Takes East of England Radio Technology” (http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/hi-tech/12567-qatar-mogul-takes-east-of-england-radio-technology) Business Weekly. August 18, 2011.
  32. “Fern Communications Radio Repeater Improves Communications Offshore Qatar” (http://www.petroleumafrica.com/en/newsarticle.php?NewsID=11980&PHPSESSID=d580dc95e08d4d5dbc4f0b9ab7b0af9e), Petroleum Africa. August 18, 2011.
  33. “FRW-1 radio repeater improves radio communications for fire fighters in Taiwan” (http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/frw-1-radio-repeater-improves-radio-communications.shtml) Scandinavian Oil & Gas. May 9, 2011.

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