Motorola launches $50 million digital network in Newcastle

The third in a series of rollouts

Motorola today launched its $50 million Zeon Digital Network in the regional city of Newcastle, north of Sydney.

It is the third in a series of rollouts with radio communication networks already launched in Melbourne and Sydney.

Zeon Digital is a two-way radio communications network with telephone capabilities, text messaging and GPS location services.

The network provides secure, clear and fast two-way communications, one-to-one or one-to-many voice calls, Short Data Service messaging, mobile data applications as well as seamless roaming.

In addition, separate talkgroups for each customer ensure complete privacy. The Network provides fully scalable solutions for companies ranging from three users up to thousands.

Zeon Digital handsets feature GPS functionality as well as a single-push emergency 'panic button'.

This allows an organisation to track and manage its workforce and to respond quickly to dangerous or critical situations.

Zeon Digital handsets are available as handheld portable units with full-colour screen, or as in-vehicle units.

Zeon general manager, Steven Crutchfield, said Newcastle was recognised as a significant growth area.

"In recent years, the region's economy has been boosted by growth in education and health services, tourism, retail and hospitality," he said.

"The network is a good fit for these markets as it provides reliable, secure, clear and fast communications."

Crutchfield said the network is also aimed at local government and councils, transportation companies, couriers, and security and waste management companies.

"Motorola has invested heavily in building one of the world's best digital radio networks and we are delighted to be delivering a world leading technology to the Newcastle business community," he said.

"Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales and therefore an important market for Motorola. We consider our investment here as a long-term proposition."

Zeon Digital customers include Professional Couriers and Bezcorp Security.

Motorola is a provider of wireless and broadband communications with sales of US $42.9 billion in 2006.

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