WA Police transmitting 5000km further with Motorola Solutions

Albany phase of $40 million network expansion completed

Motorola Solutions has completed a Project 25 digital simulcast trunked radio system in Albany Western Australia as part of its contract to extend the state’s emergency services network.

Project 25 (P25) is a digital radio standard specified by the telecommunications Industry. It is primarily used in the public safety sector, such as the police, fire, ambulance and emergency services.

The latest expansion enables voice access coverage of almost 5000 square kilometers surrounding Albany and other parts of southern WA. Motorola said the network will used for mission-critical voice services including push-to-talk and radio encryption management.

Motorola said this was a significant milestone for the project. In 2011 the vendor was awarded a five-year contract worth $40 million to extend the digital emergency services radio network to rural WA.

Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) managing director, Steve Crutchfield, said first responders and the community are the greatest beneficiaries of the work the firm is doing with the State.

“The WA government has the foresight and an unwavering commitment toward its citizens and residents to ensure that remote communities have the same feeling of safety and security as metropolitan areas, allowing these communities to continue to grow and thrive," he said.

"As a long-term technology partner, we share the state’s mission to be proactive, helping to arm first responders, no matter where they are, with the right tools to build safer, more resilient communities.”

The multi-phase rollout will involve over 3000 subscribers using P25 radios, including 200 simulcast trunking and P25 sites. It includes upgrades to the existing network’s core.

The network is also connected to the WA Police network operations centre in Perth via its IP network to allow WA police technicians to monitor round the clock.

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