Tait Communications has commissioned a new radio system for Indonesian oil exploration operations on the coast of Borneo.\nThe Tait network and more than 600 Tait portable radios will be used by field engineers, production workers and supervisors at VICO Indonesia\u2019s oil pipeline.\nThe TaitNet MPT trunked network will replace an existing Tait system that has been in place for eight years.\nRizal Purwanto, ICT manager at VICO Indonesia, says the original system provided by Tait was still going strong, but investing in a more modern network was a vital step to prevent any risks further down the line.\n Technology does start to fail with age, so we want to prepare and mitigate this risk by getting a new system in place now. Rizal Purwanto, VICO Indonesia\n\u201cWe have been really happy with the service provided by Tait with our existing network system, but technology does start to fail with age, so we want to prepare and mitigate this risk by getting a new system in place now.\u201d\nBrett Smythe, general manager for Tait Asia-Pacific, says VICO made an early decision to continue to use Tait portable radios due to their efficiency and the popularity of the products among staff. Tait won the competitive international tender process to provide the network system as well.\n\nRelated:360-degree leadership: John Emerson of Tait Communications\n"IT\u2019s not strategic unless it\u2019s interacting with clients or it\u2019s directly involved in the client delivery experiences, because otherwise, you\u2019re just a support system, a cost, an overhead," says the global CIO of Tait Communications.\n\n\u201cA key requirement for the system provider was that the network could support Tait hardware,\u201d says Smythe. \u201cThe reliability of our networks and hardware was vital for VICO, which needed an operationally effective and easy to commission network that would help keep their workers safe.\n\u201cTaitNet MPT-IP has been specifically developed to allow for flexibility, scalability and modularity in readiness for changing business needs, making it a great solution for VICO as the company targets growth in its region.\u201d\nBased on VICO\u2019s requirements, Tait developed a full package that will be purchased by Tait partner PT. ALSSA Corporindo and leased to VICO. The system will go on air in April.\nTait, with headquarters in Christchurch, supplies critical communications systems to mining, oil and gas companies across the world, including Petrobras in Brazil, Anglo American\u2019s Capcoal in Australia and the Cerrj?n Coal Mine in Colombia.\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.