Motorola Provides SmartConnect Radio Technology to VRA Rescue NSW

Motorola will provide volunteer rescue organisation VRA Rescue NSW with SmartConnect radio technology to extend the reach and capability of mission-critical radio communications.
NSW VRA will gain secure access to New South Wales’ Public Safety Network which is used by more than 50,000 first responders and emergency personnel across the state. It will access the communications service via more than 300 of Motorola Solutions’ APX 8000 series P25 radios and APX NEXT P25 all-band smart radios. SmartConnect will also be deployed to a fleet of 100 NSW VRA service vehicles, helping to create a mobile communications hub to support rescue missions in rural and remote areas.
SmartConnect is a subscription-based application service that maintains reliable communications connectivity by automatically switching channels between land mobile radio, broadband, Wi-Fi and satellite networks. Other agencies using SmartConnect from Motorola Solutions include Fire & Rescue New South Wales and New South Wales State Emergency Service.
“On any given day, VRA Rescue NSW’s 50 specialised squads and search dog teams perform rescue missions in challenging environments and unforeseen circumstances,” said VRA Rescue NSW Commissioner and Vice President, Australasian Rescue Organisation, Brenton Charlton. “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.”

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