Public Safety

Finland's Codea joins TCCA

01 July, 2020

Codea's software is used by rescue services, hospitals and private ambulance companies for navigation and for the handling of emergency missions.

No room for communications complacency in the 'new normal'

29 June, 2020 by Ian Miller* | Supplied by: Australian Radio Communications Industry Association

Australia's public safety communications need to be treated as a single ecosystem, with full spectrum allocations and proper funding.

Royal Commission calls for communications input

24 June, 2020

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has invited input on emergency services communications and other topics.

A critical time for Australia's comms ecosystem

23 June, 2020 by Geoff Spring

Australia's public safety communications ecosystem urgently needs to be officially recognised as critical infrastructure in order to secure its future.

FirstNet Board approves US$218m network upgrade

22 June, 2020

The upgrades will set the FirstNet network core on the path to 5G and will expand the fleet of deployable assets.

EE, Nokia to trial 4G LTE air-to-ground network

22 June, 2020

EE has signed an agreement with Nokia to build a nationwide 4G LTE air-to-ground network for the UK's Emergency Services Network.

Planning for Australia's connectivity during natural disasters

16 June, 2020 by Gavin Wilson*

Authorities must include network technology that can provide failover or fast pop-up options for connectivity during disasters.

New GRN site goes live on the NSW Central Coast

09 June, 2020

The NSW Telco Authority continues to expand the government radio network, with a new site activated at Wyong Creek on the NSW Central Coast.

Victoria's SCC reaches eight-month milestone

20 May, 2020 by Amy Sarcevic

The State Control Centre has been activated for eight months straight, dealing with crises such as bushfires, COVID-19 and extreme weather events.

Comms industry input to the 'Bushfires' Royal Commission

15 May, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Communications and disaster management experts have outlined steps that should be taken to improve Australia's mission-critical communications environment.

Power loss the main culprit for bushfire comms problems

13 May, 2020

Loss of power rather than fire damage was the main contributor to mobile network outages during the 2019–20 summer bushfires, according to an ACMA report.

Canberra provides $37.1m emergency comms boost

12 May, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

The federal government has announced funding of $37.1 million to improve communications resilience during natural disasters, including satcoms and more backup power.

NSW Critical Communications Enhancement Program update

11 May, 2020

The NSW Telco Authority has continued to roll out the CCEP during the COVID-19 outbreak, with 50 sites operational and hundreds more under design or construction.

The critical need to accelerate PSMB deployments globally

06 May, 2020 by Jason Karp, Public Safety Network

Countries can quickly deploy mission-critical broadband networks if they choose the right operating models and the right incentives, says PSN's Jason Karp.

Work to begin on Finland's PSMB system

23 April, 2020

Finland's public safety comms operator, Erillisverkot, has awarded 10-year contracts to Elisa and Ericsson for the Virve 2.0 public safety network.

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