Public Safety

NSW to get eight extra COWs for emergency comms

17 December, 2020

The NSW Government will deliver eight new Cell on Wheels units to boost the state's Public Safety Network, should any fixed infrastructure become damaged this summer.

Huge expansion of emergency satellite comms

17 December, 2020 by Jonathan Nally | Supplied by: nbn co ltd

Hundreds of new fixed and mobile satellite dishes will give better broadband connectivity for first responders and the community during natural disasters.

Public Safety Mobile Broadband to be expedited

14 December, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Australia's governments seem to have finally gotten the message regarding rolling out a national Public Safety Mobile Broadband capability.

WA announces plans for new emergency radio network

14 December, 2020

The project will replace more than 11,000 radio devices during its first phase, with the ultimate goal of building a new statewide communications system.

BAI awarded contract to operate NSW's PSN

08 December, 2020 | Supplied by: BAI Communications

The NSW Telco Authority has awarded BAI Communications a five-year contract to manage the state's Public Safety Network, including the Network Operations Control Centre.

US mobile networks at severe risk from fires

11 November, 2020 by Chris Barncard

About one in four people in the US live in areas served by cellular phone towers at risk of an outage caused by wildfires, according to researchers.

Telcos, energy networks addressing power outages

06 November, 2020

Energy Networks Australia and Communications Alliance have signed an MOU to improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing to better respond to emergency situations.

NSW SES begins Far North Coast migration to the PSN

05 November, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

The NSW SES is taking advantage of a huge boost in in-vehicle radio coverage from Byron Bay to Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.

First findings from Virve 2.0 devices RFI to be announced

03 November, 2020

Initial findings from Finland's Virve 2.0 mobile devices RFI will be presented in an online session on Thursday, 5 November as part of Critical Communications Week.

$10m for rapidly deployable emergency comms

29 October, 2020

COWs, SatCOWs, NBN Road Muster trucks and portable satellite kits will be acquired and pre-positioned ahead of the 2020–21 bushfire season.

Next-generation distress beacon research

15 October, 2020

NASA has partnered with Australia's SmartSatCRC to advance distress-related communications and navigation technology.

Telecommunications essential to keeping Australians connected

14 October, 2020 by John Stanton | Supplied by: Communications Alliance

The development of the Telecommunications Emergency Communications Protocol provides a common operating model for communications disaster management.

Security for mobile and wearable devices

08 October, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Potential security vulnerabilities inherent in smart devices being used by first responders are reviewed in a new NIST report.

Upgrade for Vanuatu's emergency radio network

06 October, 2020

Vanuatu's national government will get an upgraded emergency radio network under a joint project with Australia.

Finland strides ahead with its Virve 2.0 devices RFI

28 September, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Erillisverkot has issued an RFI for end-user devices that could be used by Finland's forthcoming public safety mobile broadband network, Virve 2.0.

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