Telstra and Motorola have inked a deal to provide a public safety broadband network.
The solution will be based on the LTE Advanced Network for emergency services, products and services developed by Telstra.
This will be enhanced by Motorola Solutions’ public safety applications, interoperability solutions and public safety optimised devices.
It is designed to provide broadband data access to emergency services during a large scale incident and to ensure that critical information can be shared in real time between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field.
Telstra Group Managing Director Networks, Mike Wright, said the relationship with Motorola Solutions will enable development of the solution to expand its range of applications and devices.
“We have completed a number of successful trials of the LANES solution allowing us to see that it is possible to provide dedicated services to a number of users while still managing the telecommunications needs of the general public,” he said.
“Our relationship with Motorola Solutions allows us to work together to enhance the service and develop additional solutions that can be tailored for the benefit of emergency services organisations.”
Senior Vice President Motorola Solutions, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Dr Mohammad Akhtar, said broadband innovations were enabling public organisations to meet expectations.
Akhtar said it was a significant opportunity for Australia’s public safety industry.
“Agencies are already contemplating how to convert the masses of available data into usable intelligence. Our relationship with Telstra is intent on putting intelligence into the hands of the people who need it most,” he said.
The deployment uses dedicated spectrum resources, augmented with prioritisation, on Telstra’s existing spectrum holdings to deliver services.
The solution will also protect and extend interoperability with existing land mobile radio networks, and will meet agencies’ needs for prioritisation, end-to-end security and encryption.
Motorola and Telstra partnered last year to build the Queensland Government Wireless Network.
The first trial will be during the G20 Summit in Brisbane next month, with Telstra working closely with the Queensland State Government to deploy the network.