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Western Australian Police Sign US$28 Million Contract with Motorola for ASTRO(R) 25 Digital Radio Network |

Western Australian Police Sign US$28 Million Contract with Motorola for ASTRO(R) 25 Digital Radio Network


PERTH, Western Australia — June 28 2005 — Motorola, Inc. announced today that the Western Australian Police has selected a  Motorola ASTRO(R) 25 digital trunked radio network to bring its communications  into the 21st century.

WA Police has signed a $28 million contract with Motorola for the network,  which will cover more than 30 sites. The contract also includes the supply  portable, mobile and fixed ASTRO(R) 25 digital radio terminals and MW850 mobile computing devices.

Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the network, to be operational for front line police operations by early 2007, would deliver secure, effective voice radio and mobile data communications, expanding voice radio coverage to 9000 square kilometers.

The network will be seamlessly integrated with a Motorola Premier CAD(TM)  (Computer Aided Dispatch) system which was installed for the WA Police in 2004.

The mobile computing devices will enable police vehicles to be seamlessly connected to Motorola’s messaging switch, providing computer dispatch, data base enquiry and automatic vehicle location services.

“The new mobile data facility and automatic vehicle location server will enable police to be dispatched more effectively to incidents and emergencies while important radio communications will be encrypted to help prevent interception by organised crime or disruption by terrorists,” Mr. O’Callaghan said.

The Motorola network will provide:

  • Improved radio coverage to the broader Perth metropolitan area
  • Relief from radio frequency congestion via the combination of increased capacity and private trunked networking, allowing for more users, more calls, and more information to be transferred
  • Increased security with leading-edge encryption algorithms to keep voice and data transmissions confidential
  • Significantly greater reliability and availability due to Motorola’s IP network technology
  • Interoperability with other Project 25 and Police networks, so the WA Police can communicate with other WA Government departments, Federal Policing agencies and other State Police forces as required:
  • Compliance with a key global standard for public safety communications (APCO Project 25) which in turn supports backward compatibility
  • Simplified transition as the new radios will be able to operate on the existing analogue network during the construction phase

Spiros Nikolakopoulos, managing director, Government and Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Australia & New Zealand, who signed the contract on behalf of Motorola, said the project would further build on Motorola’s 20-year relationship with the WA Police, greatly enhancing front line policing capabilities for the force.