We are working with Spark to upgrade connectivity (internet) across all fire stations throughout New Zealand.

In the video below, Steve and Lisa tell us about the work taking place to improve internet connectivity accross all our stations:

 

We are working with Spark to upgrade connectivity accross all fire stations throughout New Zealand – this means faster internet.

The upgrade will happen in two parts: connectivity and hardware. Once your station is hooked up, Spark will install Meraki Cloud Managed Network hardware. This means higher data speeds, a connected Fire and Emergency corporate and BYOD (bring your own device) network, and 24/7 Spark support.

With more than 650 stations around New Zealand it will take a while to get around to all of them so we are asking you for your patience and understanding. We’ll do everything to streamline the process and minimise the disruption but will need you to communicate with us and our suppliers.

What’s the plan?

In preparation for the roll-out we have been testing new equipment at the following places:

·         Paraparaumu Station

·         Porirua Station

·         Karori Station

·         Newlands VFB

·         Wellington VRFF

·         Newlands ICT Hub

We have also been getting connections for rural fire brigades and hope to have more than 50% connected by the end of August 2019.

During September 2019, we will be preparing the new equipment for the roll-out, this includes doing some essential setup in our data centres. We will also continue to work with rural stations in getting connections for the trickier sites.

In October 2019, we will start rolling out the new equipment and further connection upgrades.

More information and who to contact

We will be keeping the Station Network Connectivity Project page on the Portal up-to-date with helpful information and resources so be sure to check it out.

For any questions, please get in touch Stephen Tysoe, Project Manager, by emailing stephen.tysoe@fireandemergency.nz


 

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