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Visionstream gets $70m for SOS network

The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) has re-signed Leighton network company Visionstream in a deal worth $70 million to continue the operation and maintenance of its emergency alerting system network for the next four years.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor on

The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) has re-signed Leighton network company Visionstream in a deal worth $70 million to continue the operation and maintenance of its emergency alerting system network for the next four years.

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The emergency alert network comprises 228 base stations across Victoria, satellite and fibre optics for connectivity, 40,000 pagers for emergency services and operations and disaster and recovery sites located in Melbourne.

It is used by the Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service and Ambulance Victoria to coordinate responses and keep in contact with one another during emergency situations.

The $70 million contract is set to start from November 2012.

The news comes as a report (PDF) released by Attorney-General Robert McClelland earlier this month found that the Federal Government's national telephone-based Emergency Alert system was effective in warning communities of emergencies, but suggested that it could be improved by branching out to other mediums, such as social media, websites and RSS feeds, as well as TV and radio.

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