Motorola Solutions signs $130m deal with Victorian govt

Motorola Solutions will be responsible for the upgrade and management of emergency services radio network, Metropolitan Mobile Radio

Motorola Solutions has signed a four-year contract extension with the Victorian government’s Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA).

The telco provider will be responsible for the upgrade and management of the ESTA’s Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) network — which provides mission-critical, digitally encrypted radio voice communications for ESTA, Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police, and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade — in a deal worth more than $130 million.

Coming into effect on July 2012, the contract includes an optional further two-year extension from July 2016.

Plans for the MMR network were first actualised in 2004, when Motorola Solutions originally entered a seven-year deal with the Victorian government to design, build and manage it.

The network helped integrate the three agencies’ incompatible communications systems while enhancing coverage across the greater Melbourne metro area.

The new agreement will involve Motorola Solutions fitting the MMR network with the latest software and radio equipment.

This includes a software upgrade to core switching equipment, migration to a full IP architecture, a new high-availability IP-based logging service to capture voice radio transmissions and a refresh of all remote site equipment.

In addition, Motorola Solutions will expand its managed services team to provide services to Ballarat’s State Emergency Communications Centre under the latest contract.

“The MMR network has enabled Victorian emergency services organisations to be more responsive to emergencies in the greater Melbourne Metropolitan region,” ESTA chief executive, Ken Shymanski, said in a statement.

“The new agreement will enhance the network with the latest in communications technology, allowing our emergency services personnel to focus on best protecting and serving our communities, while saving time and lives.”

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