Narrowband  |   Broadband  |  2024-05-14

Motorola Solutions Deploys Radio Technology for VRA Rescue NSW

Source: Motorola Solutions
Curated by: Gert Jan Wolf - Editor-in Chief for The Critical Communications Review

Motorola Solutions has deployed its SmartConnect Solution for volunteer rescue organisation VRA Rescue NSW, boosting the reach and capacity of its radio communications.

VRA will gain access to the state's Public Safety Network through Smart Connect by using more than 300 of the vendor and systems integrator's APX 8000 series P25 radios and APX NEXT P25 all-band smart radios.

Additionally, Smart Connect will also be deployed to 100 VRA service vehicles to establish a mobile communications hub for rescue missions in rural and remote areas.

"Our P25 radio technology is designed to help public safety personnel to communicate with clarity in whitewater rapids, on the frontlines of bushfires and in a variety of other extreme conditions," said Con Balaskas, Australia and New Zealand managing director for Motorola Solutions.

"With APX NEXT broadband-enabled radios and SmartConnect, responders can take resilient voice communication even further by automatically switching from LMR to broadband networks when users travel outside of radio coverage areas."
Motorola’s deployment comes more than a month after it won a 10-year deal with Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) to roll out 16,000 digital radios as part of $138.8-million upgrade.

As part of the Victorian deal, Motorola will provide 6,000 new APX series P25 radio and 9,000 of its APX NEXT all-band smart radios, with more radios expected to be deployed in future