Tait ensures All Blacks on right wavelength
Moves planned by the All Blacks can be kept better hidden before and during match day under innovative communications technology developed in New Zealand.
Christchurch-based Tait Communications has signed a two-year supplier agreement with the New Zealand Rugby Union that will let the All Blacks coaching staff talk to the team safe in the knowledge that no-one can hack their calls and listen to their tactics.
Tait has developed cutting edge digital mobile radios that feature secure encrypted voice communications technology, that are being supplied to the All Blacks.
Tait has supplied the All Blacks with communications technology since 2007.
"In the modern, professional game, you need to exploit every edge to remain competitive so Tait is another key ingredient in our success story," rugby union chief executive Steve Tew said.
The digital mobile radios that the All Blacks coaching staff use feature the same Tait encryption technology used by many police forces that buy Tait products to help fight organised crime.
The radios allow coaches to relay tactics and order replacements during a match, and mean medical staff can roam between the sidelines and the pitch while staying in constant contact.
Tait tests its radios in a hi-tech laboratory at the company's United States headquarters in Houston, Texas.
"Our global success is all homegrown, based on technology designed, developed and manufactured here in New Zealand," Tait Communications managing director Frank Owen said.
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