Te Kupenga Marutau - the Public Safety Network (PSN) has gone to market seeking vendors to replace existing networks with a modern communications capability that will better meet Emergency Services’ service, performance, capacity, and security requirements into the future.

The publication of a request for proposals (RFP) marks an exciting next step for the Public Safety Network programme.

The programme aims to deliver the best health, safety, life and property protection outcomes to the community, and keep operational personnel safe, by providing modern and innovative communication technology solutions.

The current network infrastructure is up to 30 years old, meaning Emergency Services are often limited in utilising and benefiting from modern communications methods such as video, imaging, maps, and real-time intelligence information.

By moving communications services to cellular networks and Digital Land Mobile Radio (LMR), the PSN programme can improve Emergency Services’ performance, capacity and help ensure improved communication in some of New Zealand’s remotest areas.

The RFP provides an opportunity for respondents to become a significant partner to Emergency Services agencies. The successful respondents will enjoy an executive-led partnership, underpinned by a long-term financial commitment from the Government to provide critical communications services.

Communities will see a sustainable communications capability that stays current with modern technology, leverages other Government investment in regional infrastructure to expand network coverage and provides communications capability that other agencies can potentially use in the future. Resulting in a greater return on Government investment and ultimately benefit all New Zealanders.

You can read more about the RFP in more detail here(external link)

As we are now in the market, we are asking everyone at Fire and Emergency to keep in mind that if you are approached by a vendor, all questions about the RFP should be submitted via: psn.procurement@crowninfrastructure.govt.nz



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