Wednesday, 04 April 2018 14:26

Emergency communications upgraded for Parramatta CBD


There has been a 92% increase in portable radio coverage and a substantial improvement in coverage for emergency and essential services in the Parramatta CBD with the completion of a new radio site in the area.

The NSW Telco Authority says the increase in coverage has enabled emergency, law enforcement and essential services to better protect the Parramatta community.

Kate Foy, managing director, NSW Telco Authority, says that as the Parramatta CBD continues to undergo rapid expansion, the construction of new buildings reduced Government Radio Network coverage across the area. "I’m proud to say that we have successfully improved the overall network coverage in the Parramatta region for our users," she said.

“It’s essential that emergency services are able to protect the public and respond to critical incidents.”

Foy said the improvements also deliver significantly enhanced coverage inside buildings.

Radio signals are weakened when they pass through buildings, particularly where there are thick concrete walls or UV protective glass.

The NSW Telco Authority says the latest tests indicate a 65%  improvement of in-building coverage across multiple locations.

Barry Wademan, acting chief superintendent, Sheriff’s Office, said the in-building improvements have enabled law enforcement authorities to operate more smoothly.

“The significant improvement in GRN coverage has made it easier for our officers to communicate across the Precinct. Officers have reported a ten-out-of-ten improvement in reception and clarity in all three courts.”

This project is part of the wider Critical Communications Enhancement Programme that NSW Telco Authority is rolling out across NSW, increasing radio coverage throughout the state.

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