Public Safety Regional Radio Communications

Building Queensland is leading the development of the Business Case for improving radio communications for Queensland’s Public Safety Agencies in regional Queensland.

The Public Safety Regional Radio Communications Business Case will assess enhanced digital radio voice and narrowband data communications in regional Queensland for the Queensland Public Safety Agencies including:

  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Queensland Ambulance Services.

Existing ageing analog networks currently in use throughout regional Queensland are outdated and expensive to maintain. These networks are not secure, do not allow for cross-agency communication, are unreliable and coverage is limited or non-existent in some areas which has a flow-on effect to community and public officer safety and operational capability.

The operational performance benefits of a new digital radio communications network include:

  • improved network availability, coverage and global positioning
  • improved situational awareness and faster decision-making capabilities
  • alarm functionality enabling immediate response to frontline officer duress
  • noise cancelling functionality enabling effective communication where previously not possible
  • improved security through an encrypted network with full voice, data and location recording
  • interoperability between all three public safety agencies
  • improved communication signalling in buildings.

As part of the Business Case development, Building Queensland is further analysing options assessed in the Preliminary Evaluation with the intention of providing a fit-for-purpose regional digital radio communications network.

 

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