Motorola to mesh WA emergency comms

Summary:Motorola Solutions has scored a $40 million contract to upgrade and bring together the various emergency-services networks in Western Australia.

Motorola Solutions has scored a $40 million contract to upgrade and bring together the various emergency-services networks in Western Australia.

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The new Community Safety Network project, which is funded under Western Australia's Royalties for Regions program, will allow the Western Australia Police, the Department of Corrective Services and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority to communicate on a single, secure network.

"The new network reaffirms our commitment to equip our officers with the most resilient and advanced communication system possible, and is particularly significant, as it will enable police, fire and corrective service officers to communicate seamlessly across a single network for the first time, helping them enhance the safety of every person in Western Australia," said Western Australia Police Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson.

"This new shared network will greatly enhance control and capability in the field, contributing to the success of preventing and fighting crimes, and saving lives across the state," said Motorola Solutions Australian and New Zealand managing director Gary Starr.

The network will span 20,000km2 surrounding the Perth metropolitan area and an additional 25,000km2 in regional areas, such as the Pilbara, Mid West, Goldfields-Esperance and South West regions of Western Australia. This coverage is expected to expand and improve emergency-services communication across regional and remote communities, while covering 95 per cent of Western Australia's population.

The three agencies will also be provided with 3250 two-way radios, and will deploy 20 simulcast radio-trunking sites and 180 conventional radio sites. Combined with an upgrade to the existing network's central core, the current digital encrypted system technology will expand to more than 200 radio sites state wide.

Construction is set to commence early next year, and once completed is expected to be worth more than $120 million.

The Western Australian Government has already spent up on improving mobile coverage in rural areas of the state, and on its highways.

Topics: Government, Government : AU, Mobility, Telcos


A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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