Australian state to implement GPS-enabled communication systems

Australian state to implement GPS-enabled communication systems

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Australia: The Victorian State Government will install GPS-based radio systems in all its firefighting vehicles, aircrafts, incident control centres, fire towers and work centres. The government plans to complete the project before the 2014-15 fire season.

Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission has recommended the standardisation of information and communication systems within the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and

DEPI and the Country Fire Authority (CFA). DEPI has been given the responsibility to lead the project. The new systems are compatible with existing systems of CFA, Victoria State Emergency Services (SES) and neighbouring states. DEPI will replace 2,000 systems in the first phase. The remaining 4,000 systems will be replaced before the next fire season. The project will cost A$ 24.6 million ($22.4 million).

Source: futuregov.asia