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Isolating functional teams

If you have too many (for example, hundreds) users on a single server, you may encounter problems with maintenance and administration:

  • Server settings will apply to all users without the ability to fine-tune or customize them to suit a particular team.
  • Restarting the server (for example, after adding a channel) will affect too many users at once.
  • Too many users on the same channel will create confusion when trying to communicate via PTT, sending group messages, or starting an emergency.
  • Rules and policies may become too complicated.
  • End-users will have to look for colleagues in a long list of users wasting the valuable time.

To avoid the potential problems, organize your communication network based on the following best practices.

Use multiple servers

T.Commander allows for using more than one server on a single T.Lion node. Try to divide your users into functional groups that perform completely different tasks and do not need to communicate with each other directly. Such groups can be kept on different servers with unique settings and rules.

For occasional communication between such diverse teams, use the dispatch center with multiple T.Rodon clients.

Isolate teams on a single server

Access policies (rules) are very flexible and powerful instruments for limiting access to channels and establishing a segregation of duties. They control all aspects of channel access, user behavior, and membership. By limiting the list of channels available for individual teams, you can eliminate the interference between users while keeping the ability to coordinate common operations through a central dispatcher. For example, you can:

  • Isolate internal communication of geographically distributed fire brigades, but handle all distress calls from a single dispatch center.
  • Ensure clear coordination and safety at the construction site by providing a dedicated communication channel for each team, with the ability to broadcast emergency messages to every worker from the dispatcher console.
  • Prevent volunteers from accessing internal police channels.

See T.Commander Administrator's Guide for technical details and practical examples of configuring isolated teams.