Motorola NSW volunteer roll-out

Australian organisation VRA Rescue NSW has deployed Motorola Solutions’ SmartConnect to its search and rescue volunteers.

The company refers to the solution as a “subscription-based application service that maintains reliable communications connectivity by automatically switching channels between LMR, broadband, Wi-Fi and satellite networks.”

Going into greater detail in a statement, it said that SmartConnect will enable NSW VRA to securely access New South Wales’ public safety network. This will occur via over 300 of Motorola’s APX 8000 P25 radios.    

The solution will also be deployed to 100 NSW VRA service vehicles.

Discussing the roll-out, VRA Rescue NSW commissioner, Brenton Charlton, said: “On any given day, VRA Rescue NSW’s 50 specialised squads and search dog teams perform rescue missions in challenging environments and unforeseen circumstances. Whether conducting cave rescues, ski patrols or responding to road crashes, our teams need uninterrupted communication to stay connected with each other and different public safety agencies, especially when working in the most remote and rugged areas of the state.”

Motorola MD for Australia and New Zealand, Con Balaskas, said: “Our P25 radio technology is designed to help public safety personnel to communicate with clarity in whitewater rapids, on the frontlines of bushfires and in a variety of other extreme conditions.

“With APX NEXT broadband-enabled radios and SmartConnect, responders can take resilient voice communication even further by automatically switching from LMR to broadband networks when users travel outside of radio coverage areas.”