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November 26, 2003
COPENHAGEN -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announces that, following the award of the contract in February 2003, the TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) network for use by the Isle of Man Government has been implemented within nine months, ahead of the agreed schedule.
The $7.5m contract was awarded in February this year and was expected to be in place and operational by December 2003. System implementation has been completed ahead of schedule as a result of the successful working relationship between the Isle of Man's dedicated project team and Motorola.
The Isle of Man system will support 16 different government organisations including all three emergency services as well as other key users such as transport, forestry, tourism and the utilities. Ultimately more than 1200 Motorola MTH650 portable handsets and over 480 MTM700 mobile radios will be in use.
Robert Williamson, Technical Director, Department of Home Affairs Communications Division of the Isle of Man Government commented: "One of the key criteria for choosing the supplier of our digital radio network back in February was the requirement that the company could deliver what we required in the very demanding timescale. We are delighted with our decision as the project has run very smoothly and we have our network up and running ahead of schedule."
Ian Heath, Account Director, Motorola added: "We have enjoyed working with the Isle of Man team to deliver our Dimetra IP communications network. We are delighted to have risen to the challenge and exceeded our customer's expectations. Now that we have commissioned the network our involvement does not end. We have an ongoing commitment to work in partnership with the Isle of Man for a further five years."
The voice and data system in parallel with a separate initiative to establish an Emergency Services Joint Control Room (ESJCR) enables secure communications between police, fire and ambulance crews at emergency incidents from one central multi agency location. The Motorola TETRA solution will be supporting a range of applications including automatic location and fire fighter mobilisation.
Phil Braidwood, Minister for Home Affairs, Isle of Man Government and Carlos Sartorius, Vice President Motorola CGISS, both agreed in a joint statement: "The successful deployment of the Motorola TETRA network within the critical time scales demonstrated the commitment of both parties. The Communications Division and Motorola teams should be proud of their work and they have set a new benchmark for others to follow."
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