in brief Western Australia Police has inked a new
contract with network hardware supplier Motorola that will see it
more than double the size of its radio network and add mobile data
The new system — worth more than $25 million in total — will
cover close to 20,000 square kilometres, compared to the 9000 square kilometres
of the existing network, and feature a higher level of encryption
technology to keep police communications secure. It has been dubbed "PEDI".
In addition, the force will also extend its
mobile data system that allows officers to execute database
searches on people, vehicles and places of interest.
Previously, the mobile data system was vehicle-based and covered
only the greater metropolitan Perth area, according to a statement
issued by Motorola this morning. However, the new system will
increase the mobile data coverage to the whole state and add an
additional 350 in-vehicle computers and over 200 hand-held personal