Plans to integrate management of emergency services

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THE Royal Brunei Police Force’s (RBPF) new digital system to improve first response services marks the start of an integrated system that could involve other agencies dealing with emergency services, a senior Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) manager said.

Muhammad Reeda Hj Malik, general manager (Product Development) at TelBru, said the idea was to create an integrated communication system that encompasses all agencies.

“This RBPF project, we could say is just the beginning. Other agencies could also tap onto the same network and have joint operations,” he said on the sidelines of a press conference yesterday.

On Thursday, RBPF inked a deal with TelBru to implement the $22 million National Digital Communication System that is set to establish a more efficient method of providing emergency services.

Muhammad Reeda admitted that implementing the system would be “complex” since it requires the integration of seven subsystems. Equipment will also need to be checked to ensure they can work together, he said.

The general manager explained that the new subsystems would allow RBAF to have a comprehensive digital communication technology.

The seven subsystems consist of Automatic Vehicle Location System/Geographical Information System, Computer Aided Dispatch System , Command and Control Centre, Digital Radio Network, Mobile Data Communication, Emergency Response Centre, and Wireless Messaging System.

He said the communication system for RBPF is currently analogue and there were limitations transmitting data.

In terms of the new system they are implementing, the “possibilities are endless”, Muhammad Reeda added.

“At this stage of the project, it is more for the voice.”

He noted that with the technology from Motorola, it was possible for first responders such as police or ambulance to display all types of data on their radio unit, such as vehicle plate recognition.

TelBru is partnering Brunei company Folec Communication (B) Sdn Bhd as their sub-contractor, while Motorola will supply the radio unit. After three years, TelBru will continue maintenance for at least two more years.

“Most of the implementation in terms of installing of the radio communications will be done jointly. The primary role of TelBru is to provide the infrastructure: we are providing the connectivity,” he explained.

Muhd Reeda added that Motorola will provide the training for end users and system administrators, adding that emphasis will be placed on the administrators since they might want to create certain work groups or coordinate communication between agencies.

The Brunei Times