Tasmania Police have announced they have been able to successfully test a new encrypted radio system earlier this month, after being granted an early access trial of the Tasmanian Government Radio Network at the recent T20 Cricket World Cup event in Hobart.
The TasGRN is a collaborative project between the Tasmanian Government, Motorola Solutions, and Telstra to transition Tasmania’s emergency services, land managers and electricity operators on to one unified, digital, secure, and interoperable radio network.
Acting Deputy Commissioner, Adrian Bodnar said the early access trial allowed police to test the TasGRN infrastructure and equipment in a full operational response.
“Tasmania Police is committed to delivering the highest quality of service to the Tasmanian community, and we look forward to transitioning on to the TasGRN late next year. The TasGRN will strengthen our ability to keep Tasmanians safe, because the world-class digitally encrypted radio communications network will significantly improve our voice communication and security. It will also simplify and strengthen our ability to communicate with other emergency services and emergency management stakeholders. Being able to conduct this early access trial in collaboration with Telstra and Motorola Solutions demonstrates how advanced the infrastructure and technology supporting the TasGRN project is, and the success shows how robust this network already is.”
In December 2020, the Tasmanian Government signed a $567M contract with Telstra in partnership with Motorola Solutions to build and deliver the Tasmanian Government Radio Network.