BT wins £2,5 billion contract to provide digital radio service for UK emergency services

May 2000 IT infrastructure

Motorola has been awarded a multihundred million pound contract to provide a nationwide system infrastructure based on the TETRA standard –TErrestrial Trunked RAdio - for the UK's Public Safety Radio Communications Project (PSRCP). Motorola will team up with integration partner TRW to provide BT and the UK emergency services with a world-leading TETRA radio service.

Motorola's selection as the system provider came after five years of intensive work during which Motorola worked with BT and TRW to define the next generation of integrated communications system demanded by today's emergency services throughout the country. Following an intensive bidding process Motorola demonstrated that it was the only supplier that could commit to delivering this advanced system within the critical timeframe demanded by BT and the Home Office.

The PSRCP radio system will provide the police and other emergency services with a state-of-the-art communications solution to meet their requirements now and in the future.

A "one stop shop"

Motorola will provide a "one stop shop" for the supply, integration and maintenance of the PSRCP radio network that covers each of the 53 police services throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The PSRCP service will provide voice and data communications in a seamless and integrated format across emergency organisations and geographical boundaries. The PSRCP network will span over 2500 sites and will be implemented across the forces in a five-year rollout.

"PSRCP is the largest TETRA public safety contract awarded to date, and this win serves to confirm Motorola's position as the leading supplier to public safety organisations world-wide" said John Doughty Motorola Vice President. "We have had an incredible start to the year.

"This is the sixth TETRA infrastructure contract announced by us in the last month and builds on our success last year when we were awarded the contract to supply London Underground with an integrated communications system.

"Organisations around the world have been waiting for the outcome of this project and we are delighted to be here today with the Home Office, PITO, BT and TRW." Doughty continued. "This announcement by Motorola and BT is a major endorsement for the TETRA standard."

Motorola has developed public safety as a core business for more than 50 years and has been awarded contracts based on the TETRA open standard in Spain, The Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Germany and Sweden. Furthermore, operational trial systems are being supplied to public safety organisations in Germany, Hungary and Jersey.

Motorola was awarded the contract to provide the radio infrastructure for the PSRCP pilot with the Lancashire Police Service in April 1999.

The pilot system is currently at Motorola's systems integration centre in Hampshire ready for shipment. Testing of the service will begin in Lancashire this summer, after which the first of six Lancashire divisions will begin migration onto the live service.

For details contact Motorola CGISS representative, Suzanne McDermott, on telephone: (0944) 1256 484 505 or e-mail: suzanne.mcdermott@motorola.com





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

AI and self-healing
Issue 7 2020 , IT infrastructure
Storage infrastructure that has in-built capacity as well as the ability to self-heal and self-tune is critical.

Read more...
Understanding the need to secure your SD-WAN platform
Issue 7 2020 , IT infrastructure
SD-WAN functions need to be virtualised to keep up with evolving security threats and to control the cost of updating and upgrading security elements.

Read more...
Software-defined everything
Issue 7 2020 , IT infrastructure
BCX prepares businesses for the future with the launch of its Multi Domain Software Defined Network, applying intent-based networking throughout the enterprise.

Read more...
Beating the recessionary blues
Issue 6 2020 , IT infrastructure
Most companies are looking to eke out savings by sweating technology assets a bit longer and by trimming operating costs.

Read more...
Designing a modern security network
Issue 6 2020, Regal Distributors SA , IT infrastructure
Traditionally security networks have served us well, but with the rapid advancements in technology it may be time to review the requirements for your security network.

Read more...
Home-grown, cloud-based safety and security solutions
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020 , IT infrastructure, Integrated Solutions
BeSecure has taken security and communications technologies and turned them into what is best described as care and safety solutions for the estate community in South Africa.

Read more...
Bringing the wonders of fibre to your estate
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Vox Telecom , IT infrastructure
The Hi-Tech Security Solutions’ Residential Security Conference in Durban was a magnificent event where Vox showcased its visitor management solution.

Read more...
Protecting your electrical equipment
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, BFR Digital, PSS Distributors , IT infrastructure
Load shedding is a constant danger as the surges that occur when the lights come on cause damage to electronic equipment, including security equipment, unless it is protected.

Read more...
Hunting for backdoors in counterfeit Cisco devices
Issue 5 2020 , IT infrastructure
F-Secure’s investigation highlights challenges facing organisations that discover counterfeit devices in their IT infrastructure.

Read more...
5G brings immediate opportunities for SA
Issue 6 2020 , IT infrastructure
The recent launch of 5G technology in South Africa presents several highly attractive opportunities for consumers, carriers and industry at large.

Read more...