Brisbane City Council inks $8 million comms network deal

Motorola wins five year deal with Zeon Digital

Brisbane City Council (BCC) has inked an $8 million deal over five years with Motorola to provide employees with secure communication, GPS location services and data transmission.

The council will use Motorola's Zeon Digital two-way radio communications network which will be provided as a fully managed service.

The contract covers the management of the digital network and related infrastructure services, and the supply of over 1500 digital in-vehicle mobiles and portable radios across Brisbane Transport, Brisbane City Works, Brisbane Water, Local Asset Services, SES and Council's Disaster Management Coordination Unit.

Moreover, the network will provide integrated voice and data communications to buses, City Cat catamarans, service vehicles and personnel in the greater Brisbane area.

The contract also includes transition management as the city moves from its legacy analogue two-way radio communication system, support, training and maintenance required to maintain council's communications 24 hours a day, seven says a week.

The BCC contract announcement supports the rollout this year of the Zeon Digital network in Brisbane, which will have a geographical footprint of around 10,000 square kilometres, covering the greater Brisbane metropolitan area, Ipswich, Logan, Caboolture and the Gold Coast.

Zeon Digital general manager, Steven Crutchfield, said Motorola has invested heavily in building one of the world's best trunked digital radio networks.

He said the network is a good fit for the Brisbane City Council as it provides fast communications over a vast area integrated into one solution.

Motorola launched the $50 million Zeon Digital radio communications network late last year in greater Melbourne and Sydney.

Coverage areas include the Melbourne metropolitan area, Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula, as well as the Sydney metropolitan area, Newcastle, Penrith and Wollongong.

The Zeon Digital Network is specifically aimed at local government and councils, and commercial operations such as transportation, couriers, security and waste management.

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

The digital nature of the network and separate talkgroups for each customer also ensure complete privacy.

Motorola's Zeon Digital radios also feature Global Positioning System (GPS) functionality as well as a single-push duress 'panic button'.

Other customers using Zeon Digital include Cathay Pacific, Elite Executive Cars, Professional Couriers, Bezcorp Security and Harry the Hirer.

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