A state-of-the-art two way radio solution provided by Bury-headquartered Pennine has proven a clear winner at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
The club’s medical team completed a pre-season deal to sign up 32 Hytera X1p digital mobile radios.
Having now put the kit through its paces at both home and away fixtures Mark Sertori, City’s soft tissue therapist, reports that the new radios have significantly improved performance for the medical team:
“If there’s an incident either inside or outside, the medical team, the first aiders and the doctors have got to be contactable. It’s imperative we have a clear communication line for all the medical team.”
But Mark was also aware that securing 100% signal coverage was going to be challenging, given the sheer scale of the site. Staff can be found anywhere within the 55,000-capacity stadium, at the neighbouring training facility – the impressive 7,000 seat City Football Academy – or elsewhere on the sprawling Etihad Campus.
But he reports the new kit has proven up to the challenge: “I’ve gone all the way around the stadium and training complex and the coverage is fantastic, really good, with no blackspots.”
“The Hytera handsets are serving separate staff groups who can communicate with each other or privately within their own group. So if we are discussing medical information the new system allows us to keep this within the medical group to keep things confidential”.