Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright yesterday announced that Motorola Australia was contracted to support the SA Government Radio Network (SAGRN) for the next three years.
Motorola wins (Credit: Motorola)
The contract will see the communications company provide systems and services to aid in its operation. Prior to this, Motorola had been a sub-contractor providing maintenance and support for core components of the network. It has now been selected as the principal provider for all support services.
"The SAGRN forms part of the state's critical infrastructure. It is vital to the day-to-day operations of our police and emergency services, and is one of the largest public safety radio communications networks in the world," said Wright, adding that Motorola was "ideally positioned" and "equipped" to provide SA with an "effective, low risk approach to the ongoing management and operational services required to support such a critical radio network".
The SAGRN network sprawls across South Australia across 240 towers covering 96 per cent of the state's population and 14,500 mobile and portable voice users.
"This network is regarded by many other governments as one of the most effective public safety communications systems because of its seamless communication between the many agencies and individuals called upon to respond to emergencies anywhere at anytime," said Wright.
The move will complement a $150 million upgrade to the network announced in the 2009/10 state budget.