in brief The Victorian Government has extended its mobile data network (MDN) contract with Motorola until December 2014 in a deal worth $96 million.
The two primary users of the "mission-critical" network Motorola has implemented are
Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria. According to Motorola,
since it first started providing the mobile data network in 2006,
it has increased the efficiency of those agencies, improving
officer safety and making sure resources were deployed in a way
which will achieve the best outcome.
"MDN puts information at the fingertips of emergency services
teams. Police, for example, have an instantly responsive and
in-field weapon for identifying and apprehending offenders by
accessing centralised law enforcement and records management
systems via in-vehicle computers," Motorola Australia managing
director Gary Starr said in a statement.
As the contract continues, the network will be upgraded.
One improvement will be the use of public phone networks such as 3G
networks to give officers state-wide coverage. Officers will be
able to roam between the public and Motorola network depending on
the application they intend to use, relieving pressure from the
mission critical network for "high-demand" situations. The Motorola
network will also receive a speed boost and new computers will be installed
in officers' cars.