Hattiesburg, Mississippi – March 6, 2019 – Cooperative Energy, a provider of wholesale electricity headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has selected Bay Electronics and PowerTrunk, Inc. to deploy a digital TETRA radio communications network for its 11-Member distribution cooperatives.Cooperative Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative that provides of electricity to over 432,000 end users covering a service area that includes 55 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. The new 58-site TETRA radio system will provide advanced communication capability and radio coverage for roughly two-thirds the State of Mississippi.
“Our TETRA solution addresses the unique needs of Cooperative Energy and includes a highly advanced dispatch capability, landline telephone integration and recording, smart phone app, and AVL integration to optimize field operations and workforce safety”, said Edward Kelly, PowerTrunk Vice President of Sales.
Bay Electronics, working with PowerTrunk, has been chosen by Cooperative Energy to provide a complete communications system consisting of multiple radio sites with diversity receivers, fully redundant control equipment, antenna systems, mobile radios with integrated gateways to extend coverage, and the latest TETRA portable radios with built-in repeater capability to extend direct mode operation.
“Cooperative Energy is excited about partnering with Bay Electronics and PowerTrunk to deploy a state of the art radio system across our service territory. This solution not only allows Cooperative Energy to modernize our communication systems but also adds additional services we can offer to our membership,” said Gary Hutson, Vice President of Power Supply, Cooperative Energy. “Mission-critical communications that keep our employees connected at all times is essential to maintaining safe operations. The new system will also improve customer response and preparedness for emergencies and disasters. The solution we have chosen is based on the leading open standard for digital radio communications in use by utility companies around the world,” said Adolfo Bello, Director of Communication Systems, Cooperative Energy.
“This is another validation and testimony for TETRA applications in North America. Bay Electronics has long been a proponent for TETRA in North America and we are pleased to bring TETRA technology to Cooperative Energy,” said Rick Nielson, President of Bay Electronics.
PowerTrunk Inc. is the subsidiary of Teltronic S.A.U. (A Hytera company) responsible for business development, distribution, and customer support for land mobile radio (LMR) projects in North America. PowerTrunk is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. With over 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, implementing, and supporting digital and analog land mobile radio turnkey projects, the group has more than 350 systems installed in more than 50 countries. Its LMR solutions are widely deployed in the public safety, oil and gas, transportation, and utilities sectors. LMR equipment includes conventional and trunked infrastructure systems, mobiles, hand portables, and dispatching consoles for TETRA, DMR, P25, and LTE technologies.
About Bay Electronics
Bay Electronics, Inc. a Division of Nielson Holdings, headquartered in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has been providing government, public safety, education, business, and industry with technologically advanced and future-ready wireless network solutions since 1974.
About Cooperative Energy
Cooperative Energy is the only not-for-profit wholesale electric power provider headquartered in Mississippi. In this role, Cooperative Energy operates a diversified portfolio of fuels to generate and transmit electricity for 11 Member distribution systems located in the southern and western portions of the state. Cooperative Energy and its 11 Member cooperatives provide power to more than 432,000 homes and business across the state.