HCL Infosystems Partners with Motorola to Roll-out India’s First Government Radio Network for Commonwealth Games
- A US$21M Delhi Government contract to set up India’s first exclusive Government Radio Network (GRN) based on TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) to provide a secure communication network
New Delhi, 30th December, 2009: HCL Infosystems, India’s premier hardware, services and ICT systems integration company, in partnership with Motorola, a global leader in mission-critical government radio networks, today announced the win of a prestigious project worth approximately US$21M (Rs.100cr) from the Delhi Government to establish the country’s first exclusive Government Radio Network (GRN). This TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) communication network will facilitate swift and secure communication among various Government agencies such as the Delhi Police, Fire Services, Hospitals, Public Works Department and the Delhi Transport Corporation during the Commonwealth Games and beyond. The project is a part of Delhi Government’s vision, fueled by the will and commitment of the capital’s premium agencies like the Delhi Police, leaving no stone unturned in providing Delhi a solid security net.
“The deployment of the Government Radio Network based on TETRA will not only enhance our communication infrastructure but will also firmly place New Delhi amongst the leading cities of the world. If the Asiad brought a shift from black & white television to colour television, the 2010 games will see the advent of TETRA, which will open a new chapter of secured and efficient communication between various government agencies.” said Mr. Savitur Prasad, Secretary, Information Technology, Delhi Government.
HCL Infosystems and Motorola will jointly collaborate with all Delhi Government departments to deploy a secure communication network for seamless inter-department communication. This network would cover the entire metropolitan area of the capital, including transportation networks such as Delhi Metro Railway Tunnels and New Delhi Airport Terminal-II. The GRN has been designed to minimise the reaction time in the toughest of situations, ensuring minimal call drops and encrypted communication to maintain the highest levels of security.
Commenting on the project, Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman & CEO, HCL Infosystems Ltd said, “We are proud to be a part of the Delhi Government’s movement to build a secure information network and congratulate backbone institutions like the Delhi Police for their relentless efforts in providing the capital city with a state-of-the-art security cover. HCL has always been committed towards nation building and in today’s scenario; security has to be top priority. The deployment of a TETRA-based communication system will enable authorities to timely prevent or minimise the chances of potential adverse impact in an emergency situation. I am confident that, in times to come, systems such as the Government Radio Network will strengthen communication infrastructure across the country.”
The GRN is an advanced digital inter-operable communication platform that will operate on a secured spectrum and will have 46 base stations. Communication on the GRN is encrypted to ensure security, and unlike other public communication infrastructure, this network is specially designed and built robustly to ensure failsafe performance even during emergencies. The GRN will help multiple agencies collaborate over a single platform to ensure well coordinated optimum response. In the long run, the GRN will continue to offer options of scalability with easy expansion through additional radio terminals.
Phey Teck Moh, corporate vice president, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Asia Pacific, said, “Interoperability is a key feature for Government Radio Network and Motorola has been working with various governments across the world to support their stringent requirements for a multi-agency interoperable environment. We understand that security and reliability are of utmost importance to our customers and these aspects are built into our GRN solution. Motorola has the experience from more than 600 digital mission-critical network roll-outs across the world. Some of the most significant GRN projects in the world, including Airwave, world’s largest TETRA GRN network, and the largest Asian GRN in Korea are examples of Motorola’s leadership. We are proud to be selected by the Delhi Government to transform the capital city’s public safety infrastructure that will ensure the availability of a world-class GRN for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.”
As the world’s largest TETRA supplier, Motorola has been supporting the critical communication needs for various organizations including metros and airports around the world. Whereas, HCL Infosystems has been a pioneer in innovation and using technology to deliver citizen benefit programs.
In the past HCL has deployed many citizen oriented projects such as Emergency Response Center for Police (Dial 100), Ambulance (Dial 102) etc in cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Pune, Bhopal, Dehradun etc in partnership with various state governments.