Dmr | 2019-08-30

Philippines National Police Launches Hytera’s Digital Mobile Radio Communications System

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

Hytera provided communications service for PNP to fulfill their target of strengthening communication connectivity, which is attributed to the Smart Policing Project of the PNP.

During the Philippines Communications and Electronic Service 77th Founding Anniversary that was celebrated at The Philippines National Police Multi-Purpose Center in Quezon City on August 28th, a much anticipated DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) communications system was launched, as part of a major effort to strengthen PNP (Philippines National Police) connectivity through digital transformation. A series of live demos were carried out during the celebration taht was visited by  around 400 police officers.

Hytera provided communications service for PNP to fulfill their target of strengthening communication connectivity, which is attributed to the Smart Policing Project of the PNP.

The previous PNP analog radio communications system was put in service in 1995, and has a lifecycle of 10-12 years. APCO P16, the technology it adopted, was outdated compared to the radio systems used by PNP counterparts in other countries. Serious communication issues had arisen due to the aging analog system, such as high costs of maintenance due to frequent repair and spare parts shortage, poor interoperability, inadequate coverage, and low frequency efficiency. The new sophisticated DMR system was established to solve the problems, while bringing many other up-to-date functionalities.

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

“The DMR Technology provided by Hytera is very, very clear particularly in our area - Davao City which we are implementing Tier III. 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," said PLTCOL Donel A Sungkip, AC, RCEO11.

Hytera provided an intelligent DMR trunking system and around 20,000 industry-leading digital terminals, including mobile radio MD788, portable radio PD988, PD788 etc., aiming to establish a modern communications system. The new system is a highly reliable, secured and unified national communications system which could enable PNP to accomplish daily operation and mission critical, featuring smooth migration from analog to digital, and high interoperability. The new system can be integrated with many other systems, such as PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network), car ID database for query, etc.