Philippines National Police Deploys Hytera DMR Network
Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Comments

The Philippines National Police (PNP) launched a Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) communications system during the Philippines Communications and Electronic Service 77th Founding Anniversary as part of an effort to strengthen PNP connectivity through digital transformation. A series of live demos were carried out during the celebration.

Hytera provided communications service for PNP to fulfill its target of strengthening communications connectivity as part of the agency’s smart policing project. Hytera provided an intelligent DMR trunking system and about 20,000 digital terminals. The new system can be integrated with many other systems, such as the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and a car identification database for queries.

“During the actual demo, we witnessed a seamless connectivity with regional headquarters from PRO-7 and PRO-11," said PMAJ Crysler M. Benedicto, chief of Com Center Section, FOCCD, CES. “The communications and radio check between officers is very clear. And it is a very understandable connection by using the DMR of Hytera, which is deployed nationwide.”

The previous PNP analog radio communications system was put in service in 1995 and has a lifecycle of 10 – 12 years. The system’s APCO P16 technology was outdated compared with the radio systems used by PNP counterparts in other countries. Serious communications issues had arisen because of the aging analog system, such as high costs of maintenance because of frequent repair and spare parts shortage, poor interoperability, inadequate coverage and low frequency efficiency.

“The DMR technology provided by Hytera is very, very clear, particularly in our area — Davao City — where we are implementing Tier 3,” said PLTCOL Donel A Sungkip, AC, RCEO11. “Currently, all major events in Davao, the city where the Philippine president is located, are relying on this technology, particularly the product of Hytera. As we speak, it is being used for another important event in another province for their celebration. I bring my Hytera radio with me here in Manila, and it is still working and has very nice voice reception.”

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