New South Wales emergency services can now choose land mobile radio equipment designed and manufactured by Tait Radio Communications. The Christchurch company became the first additional P25 system provider to be officially approved to operate on the Government Radio Network (GRN).
“For the first time, public safety agencies operating on the NSW GRN are free to select from an alternative vendor to achieve proven interoperability, secure communications and better value for taxpayer dollars,” says Brett Smythe, Tait regional general manager, Asia Pacific.
“Agencies are no longer locked in to a single vendor’s portfolio, but are now able to leverage the benefits of a wider choice of P25 equipment – with the assurance of communications interoperability provided by the international P25 standard.”
Tait says about 24,000 users in over 40 government agencies currently operate on the NSW P25 state-wide network and connected agencies. These include the NSW State Emergency Service, Ambulance Service, Rural Fire Service, Energy Australia, Roads and Traffic Authority and Department of Corrective Services.
P25 is an international open standard for the manufacturing of interoperable digital two-way wireless communications. The standard, which is also used by New Zealand Police, allows for improved communications within and between agencies – especially emergency services.
The P25 standard gives public safety agencies the confidence to purchase radios and infrastructure that will work seamlessly with those of other manufacturers, according to Tait .
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