City upgrades radio network

2015-09-01 06:00

The City of Cape Town is not sitting back, waiting for disasters to happen. It is taking things to the next level by upgrading its Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) digital radio communications network with the latest technology.

“As a responsible administration that is committed to the safety of our residents, we have an obligation to ensure that our disaster recovery teams are well equipped to adequately respond and protect the lives of our residents. The upgraded system will help to improve the response times of our public safety agencies across the city, thereby enhancing the safety of our officers on the frontline, who in turn need to ensure the safety of our communities,” says Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for corporate services and compliance.

The Tetra network is the largest service and safety communications network in South Africa.

“These Tetra radios also provide a vital communication link between the City’s metro police department and the community neighbourhood watch services. Only neighbourhood watch services that have a well-managed and secure public community control room are eligible for the installation of a Tetra base radio. We need to ensure that there is maximum protection of this essential public safety system and guard against unauthorised use and, more especially, unauthorised monitoring,” says Limberg.

As the system is of importance, it has to be upgraded every five to seven years. The City also has to keep the system up to date to meet its needs for reliable and effective radio communications.

‘‘I think it is important to place the upgrade cost in context. To install new infrastructure from scratch to replace the existing Tetra system would cost about R300m.

“There is a need for adequate capacity during emergencies, reliable functionality and backup systems to provide the required dependability. The Motorola Solutions Tetra system has fulfilled our requirements over the years and the upgrade will ensure that it continues to do so,’’ adds Limberg.

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