Motorola Solutions Details TETRA Network Supporting Gold Coast Games
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Comments

Motorola Solutions is providing a radio networking solution to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia, 4 – 15 April. Motorola was selected as the official TETRA communications supplier last year.

The event will draw 1.5 million spectators, volunteers, athletes and team officials. In addition, 3,500 state police; 2,000 Australian Defence Force; and 4,200 private security staff will support Queensland around the games. Motorola Solutions will provide 56 accredited staff to provide support.

Dedicated support staff will be located at competition venues with additional roaming support. Motorola will also supply dedicated command, control and management staff located at Games Headquarters Technology Operations Centre, further supported by the Motorola Network Operations Control Centre (NOCC). The center is staffed 6 a.m. to midnight with additional 24x7 support from the NOCC.

As many as 167,000 push-to-talk (PTT) radio calls have been made each day by organizing staff supporting the games. This represents just 9 percent usage of the total available network capacity with no busy tones or calls failing to get through, Motorola said.

On day one of the games, event officials made around 20,352 PTT calls per hour. More than 150 additional dedicated spectrum frequencies operated wide-area and local-area radio communications Radio communications were available at 18 competition and 17 non-competition venues across Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. The company conducted extensive design, planning and testing activities before the event, including support of trial events for cycling, athletics, gymnastics and swimming events.

About 6,000 mobile radios with more than 9,000 accessories such as earpieces and microphones were distributed across all venues across 450 separate talkgroups. About 800 additional radios with more than 2,000 accessories are supporting organizations connected to the games, such as festivals, transport and main roads, and the city of Gold Coast.

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