Motorola Solutions network upgrade to provide major boost for New South Wales public safety agencies

on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Sydney, Australia – Dec. 15, 2016
 
First responders in New South Wales will benefit from greater communication and officer safety through a major upgrade to the state’s radio network.
 
NSW Telco Authority (NSW TA) is partnering with Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) to upgrade 150 radio sites used by public safety organisations, as well as expanding network coverage with 23 new sites in the state’s north west.
 
The network upgrade will improve the communications technology used by New South Wales’ emergency services every day while also ensuring the state is better prepared to deal with major emergencies and natural disasters.
 
The AUD $30 million project will provide emergency services and other New South Wales agencies with access to enhanced voice and data communications, extensive coverage, interoperability and resilience to support their daily operations.
 
The upgrade also represents a key milestone within the NSW Operational Communications Strategy and Critical Communications Enhancement Program, which is providing improved technology to frontline personnel and improving the quality and efficiency of radio communications across the state.
 
Motorola Solutions’ Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said the upgraded radio network has been designed for reliable performance in the harshest conditions with built-in failover capabilities to support peak events and emergencies.
 
“The project will provide New South Wales agencies with trusted voice communications and resilient performance so they can perform their essential daily work safely and efficiently,” Mr Crutchfield said.
 
“User agencies will also receive up-to-date radio technology for the next five years and beyond, as well as the flexibility to introduce next generation capabilities over time. This includes digital radios that provide a richer set of features including location and mapping data, improved security, extended coverage and new and emerging applications to keep New South Wales agencies at the forefront of innovation.”
 
The project will also benefit New South Wales’ economy, with additional third party resources employed by Motorola Solutions, both directly and indirectly, helping to deliver the upgrade.
 
In addition to the radio network upgrade, NSW TA has deployed Motorola Solutions’ WAVE application within its radio network, giving first responders more ways to stay connected.
The application enables New South Wales public safety agencies to securely extend the reach and capability of their radio communications to team members carrying smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.