Cape Town Upgrades TETRA Network from Motorola Solutions
Thursday, August 27, 2015 | Comments

The city of Cape Town, South Africa, extended its TETRA digital radio network with Motorola Solutions technology. The network, which serves more than 13,500 users, is the largest public service and safety communications network in South Africa.

Motorola Solutions, working with radio distributor Altech Alcom Matomo, will supply the upgrade, which provides resilient and feature-rich communications for public-safety agencies and utilities to help protect citizens and visitors.

In 2000, the city of Cape Town commissioned a Motorola Solutions TETRA radio system providing coverage over the Cape metropolitan area (CMA). The city is one of three municipalities in South Africa that operates its own TETRA network, and it is the largest such system, serving 11,000 of the city’s public safety, security and utility services. The system also provides communications to 2,500 external users from surrounding municipalities, including the EMS of the provincial government.

“Investment in the TETRA system serves as an enabler for improved service delivery to the citizens of the CMA,” said Councillor Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for corporate services, city of Cape Town. “This is achieved by providing reliable and effective communications and improving interoperability and response times during special events, emergencies and disasters.”

The city upgraded the radio communications infrastructure to the latest version of the Motorola Solutions TETRA system, Dimetra IP 8.2, to provide increased resilience.

“With built-in redundancy for maximum reliability and uptime, Cape Town’s TETRA network is now better able to continue operating despite power outages or major incidents such as the recent floods and mountain fires,” said Vikela Rankin, managing director, Motorola Solutions South Africa. “This enhanced TETRA system will provide clear, reliable and accurate communications to the police and other users in the field for many years to come.”

All the public-safety agencies’ communications across a range of radio groups and interconnected with the telephone network remain secure and private. Encryption ensures those with police radio scanners cannot listen in on conversations, while real-time GPS location tracking and mapping enables the command center to monitor users and instantly dispatch support to their exact location.

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