Airwave gets green light for roll out

December 2001 News & Events

BT's Airwave service - the TETRA digital radio communications system for public safety organisations - has passed the pilot stage in Lancashire Constabulary. This system is based on the same digital professional mobile radio standard soon to be implemented by the Cape Metropolitan Council in Cape Town.

The announcement by BT and project managers from the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) gives the green light to the long-anticipated national roll-out for Airwave, BT's biggest ever contract, valued at £2,9 bn.

Greater Manchester Police will be the next force to take the system and is planned to be up and running well in time for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

As Airwave rolls out, its unique benefits will help forces to improve the effectiveness of policing across the country and contribute to community safety, both for police officers and the communities they serve.

In time, additional benefits such as automatic vehicle and person location will ensure that control rooms are aware of every officer's whereabouts, whilst emergency buttons on the handsets allow officers to call for urgent backup. In the longer term, the Airwave service will have the capability to provide officers with direct access to local and national databases including the Police National Computer.

For further details contact Motorola CGISS on tel: (011) 800 7800.

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