National framework to enhance interoperability

Thursday, 15 March, 2012

The National Coordinating Committee for Government Radiocommunications (NCCGR) believes there are huge benefits for interoperability arising from the National Framework.

The ‘National Framework to Improve Government Radiocommunications Interoperability’ document was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2009 and provides seven key principles to assist all jurisdictions and agencies within jurisdictions to achieve radiocommunications interoperability by 2020.

According to Ian Vaskess, chair of NCCGR, the framework will enable government radiocommunications users to more effectively use their own equipment across jurisdictions, enhancing operations and rapid deployment of emergency services. It has been said to also improve response to routine public safety incidents such as building fires or police vehicle pursuits in future.

He also believes access to digital dividend spectrum for public safety is vital for the future. This is a key concern for Australia as the 700 MHz band now has dedicated spectrum for public safety in the US.

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