New South Wales emergency services now have the option of using Kiwi technology with a Christchurch company becoming the first alternative P25 solutions provider officially approved to operate on the Government Radio Network (GRN).
It's the first time an alternative provider has been given the green light by the state-wide network, and Tait Radio Communications – a multinational radio communications company with headquarters in Christchurch – said it meant state agencies were no longer locked in by a single vendor.
“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," said Brett Smythe, Tait regional general manager, Asia Pacific.
P25 is an international open standard for the manufacturing of digital two-way wireless communications, and is also used by New Zealand police. T
About 24,000 users in over 40 government agencies currently operate on the NSW P25 network and connected agencies, including the NSW State Emergency Service, Ambulance Service, Rural Fire Service, Energy Australia, Roads and Traffic Authority and Department of Corrective Services.
Smythe said Tait's expertise in open standards would give agencies the confidence to purchase radios and infrastructure that will work seamlessly with those of other manufacturers.
“Our expertise and investment in research and development is paying dividends for Tait, our customers and the community as we continue our significant growth in an intensely competitive global industry.”
Tait has Australian facilities based in Brisbane and Melbourne.