Boosted emergency comms for Sydney CBD
A new government radio site will boost emergency communications at the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney’s CBD.
The new site provides in-building coverage in Westfield Sydney as well as improved network coverage and performance in the surrounding Pitt Street Mall precinct.
NSW Telco Authority Managing Director Kate Foy said the new site was crucial to improved public safety.
“Radio signals are weakened when they pass through buildings, particularly where there are thick concrete walls or UV protective glass,” Foy said.
“This upgrade ensures that emergency services are more able to do their essential work of protecting the public and responding to critical incidents as they unfold inside and outside buildings in busy precincts.”
The new site is part of the wider Critical Communications Enhancement Program that is improving government radio network coverage and capacity from 35% of the state to over 80%.
The enhanced network will allow emergency services to more easily share information and coordinate responses on the one consolidated network.
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"During an emergency, every second counts," said the state minister.
FCC praised for listening to safety concerns regarding the spectrum.