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SPANNING 324,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES , IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS OF ITS TYPE IN THE WORLD .
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NSW Telco Authority extends its investment in emergency management and community safety

NSW Telco Authority has awarded Motorola Solutions a five-year contract extension to support and enhance the state ’ s Public Safety Network ( PSN ).

The AU $ 60 million ( US $ 41.9 million ) contract , including estimates for future costs , will provide secure and reliable voice and data communication to keep first responders across the state connected at all times .
NSW Telco Authority describes PSN as the most important critical communications network in New South Wales next to Australia ’ s triple zero emergency hotline . Spanning 324,000 square kilometres , it is one of the largest emergency communications networks of its type in the world .
The network provides instant , teambased communication for more than 50 public safety agencies and over 50,000 radio users across emergency services , essential services , government agencies and local councils .
It has provided New South Wales ’ agencies with vital communications in the face of many major emergencies , supporting rescue and emergency efforts during the recent devastating floods , the Black Summer bushfires of 2019 / 20 and other natural disasters .
Motorola Solutions will deliver a comprehensive suite of public safety services for PSN , including network lifecycle upgrades and 24 / 7 cybersecurity , helping to keep this mission-critical technology up-to-date , secure and performing reliably in any situation .
Software upgrades will provide further advancements to the network ’ s location , vehicle and personnel protection capabilities . The upgrades will also provide NSW Telco Authority with the flexibility to implement next-generation technologies over time . This includes software to extend the reach of interoperable land mobile radio ( LMR ) communications to more users via cellular networks as well as the introduction of converged communication devices .
“ PSN provides New South Wales ’ agencies with exceptional performance in the harshest environments , enabling coordinated responses to critical incidents and supporting its mission to protect people and places ,” said Motorola Solutions ’ Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand , Con Balaskas .
NSW Telco Authority is among many Australian states and territories that continue to invest in mission-critical voice communications systems based on the P25 LMR standard . p

SPANNING 324,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES , IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS OF ITS TYPE IN THE WORLD .

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