Queensland-based integrator Technisyst Computing and Telstra have shared a $40 million Government tender for the upgrade and maintenance of NSW Emergency Services’ voice and data network.
Technisyst’s status as a current supplier of data services to the Queensland Ambulance service won it two parts of the five-year tender, including the rights to build and manage a dedicated digital mobile data radio network for the Ambulance Service in Sydney.
Telstra outstripped Motorola for the third element of the project - the ongoing maintenance of the existing state-wide radio network.
Technisyst will fit-out more than 300 ambulances with mobile data terminals to allow text communication between the communication centre operators and vehicles. The integrator will use Ericsson supplied Mobitex Network with the assistance of project partners Ericsson and ADT Wireless. The system is expected to be operational within 12 months.
Technisyst CEO, Bill Delaney, said that while the build element of the network was significant the real value was in the integration work and other activities required to mould the system into a useful, workable platform.
“We provide the software in the vehicles, the gateways to the different communication centres and the integration of the backend systems to bring the whole thing together,” he said.
The project also has the promise of significant flow-on business. “The tender has been geared up to expand to other agencies," delaney said. "The Sydney basin is the first stage. Whatever works flow on from that the government is not prepared to commit to but it’s fairly obvious that they intend to sink more money into the network over time.”
The voice network to be maintained by Telstra is much larger than the data network, servicing over 30 NSW agencies with approximately 12 thousand radios in use. However, it is likely that future developments will be standardised on the digital data platform.