Victoria's mobile radio network completed in record time

Victoria's upgrade of its StateNet Mobile Radio (SMR) network has reached completion in a record time of 10 months.

Conducted by Tait Electronics, under subcontract to Telstra, the contract was worth more than $18 million to the Brisbane-based company.

Tait Electronics was responsible for providing Telstra with network switching and radio technologies as part of the carrier's contract extension to replace Victoria's trunked radio network.

The SMR upgrade was one of the largest infrastructure projects managed by Telstra last year and covered 101 sites, 500 channels and four switch nodes, which supports more than 17,000 terminals.

The upgraded network and channel capacity can be leveraged by the Victorian government for world-class events such as the forthcoming 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Tait managing director, Dr Peter Baines, said the network was designed and built using open standards, enabling interoperability and increased coordination between state-wide emergency service and essential services. The upgraded network also provides enhanced data application capabilities to help support the increasing requirements of information management in the field.

"The successful completion of the network upgrade in record time is testament to Tait's ability to develop and deliver public safety technologies," he said adding that despite the size and complexity of the project it did not impact on existing operations.

"We are now working with Telstra to offer value-added solutions on the new network."

Telstra's director of strategic business, Keith Richardson, said the network will significantly improve emergency response systems in Victoria well into the next decade.

"The network has built-in redundancy and to ensure ongoing availability, network performance is constantly monitored live by Tait technical staff from their global headquarters in New Zealand. Telstra will also add additional features and functionality that will be provided as part of the new infrastructure," he said.

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