Puhoi Fire & Rescue team - image by Matthew Cattin, Fairfax.

Crown Infrastructure Partners has gone to tender seeking an upgrade to New Zealand’s Te Kupenga Marutau Public Safety Network (PSN) Programme on behalf of the country’s emergency services, including police, fire, rescue and ambulance.

The programme follows a worldwide trend for emergency services to increasingly supplement voice communications with text, images and video through increased use of data and messaging to communicate information such as status and location.

Moving communications services to cellular networks and land mobile radio (LMR) that better meet Emergency Services’ performance, capacity, and security requirements will enable this transition, provide increased resilience, and ensure communication in some of New Zealand’s remotest areas.

Crown seeks a significant partner to emergency services agencies, including Fire and Emergency New Zealand, New Zealand Police, St John New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA), by replacing their existing networks with a modern communications capability that will better meet their service, performance, capacity, and security requirements into the future.

The successful technology provider will enjoy an executive-led partnership, underpinned by a long-term financial commitment from the NZ Government to provide critical communications services. The aggregated agencies needs and aligned requirements provides bidders efficiency, simplified contract management and streamlined access to multiple agencies.

This tender closes on May 7 – you can find out more here.