Motorola Wins US$200M P25 Contract in Australia
Monday, April 23, 2018 | Comments

Motorola Solutions Australia will expand and upgrade the Project 25 (P25) radio network serving Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. The Partnerships Victoria managed service contract was extended for seven years, valued at A$261 million (US$199 million) with an opportunity to extend for a further five years.

In addition to upgrading the Metropolitan Mobile Radio network (MMR), Motorola Solutions will provide data services and incremental safety features including GPS and location services, enabling agencies to better manage their vehicles and personnel. The service will also provide customized online reporting, giving agencies valuable information about their radio network usage.

The company will also include a trial of its software-defined push-to-talk (PTT) solution to extend radio network access to more users via broadband. The upgrade will also provide public-safety agencies with a strategic interface to Triple Zero emergency call and dispatch systems, enabling them to access more services and data-based capabilities over time.

The MMR network commenced operation in 2005, providing mission-critical, digitally encrypted voice communications for emergency services throughout greater metropolitan Melbourne. Since then, the network has consistently met and exceeded service levels, including stringent availability targets to provide Victorian public-safety agencies with a highly secure and reliable service.

Victorian first responders made more than 40 million PTT voice transmission calls across the network in 2017. The network enables the three agencies to communicate with one another for enhanced emergency response and 24/7 support from Motorola Solutions’ Melbourne-based control center. Later this year, Victoria State Emergency Service, Corrections Victoria and Life Saving Victoria will also join the network.

“For the past 13 years the MMR network has provided essential communications for Victoria’s first responders when they have needed it most,” said Motorola Solutions Vice President and Managing Director Steve Crutchfield. “This includes uninterrupted coverage during Victoria’s tragic Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 and reliable performance during many other major emergencies.”

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