WA Police Force Upgrades Network with P25-Compliant L3Harris Radios

Western Australia Police Force awards Radlink Communications a tender to upgrade its network terminals to P25-compliant L3Harris XL-200P radios. The upgrade aims to enhance critical-communications network interoperability across Western Australia's vast policing jurisdiction.

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WA Police Force Upgrades Network with P25-Compliant L3Harris Radios

WA Police Force Upgrades Network with P25-Compliant L3Harris Radios

The Western Australia Police Force (WA Police Force) has awarded Radlink Communications a tender to upgrade its current network terminals to P25-compliant L3Harris XL-200P radios. This move aims to enhance critical-communications network interoperability across Western Australia's vast policing jurisdiction, which comprises one-third of the continent's land mass.

Why this matters: The upgrade will significantly improve public safety and emergency response times in Western Australia, particularly in regional and remote areas where communication infrastructure is limited. This development also sets a precedent for other law enforcement agencies to modernize their communication systems, ultimately enhancing their ability to serve and protect their communities.

The WA Police Force is responsible for keeping the community safe across the largest policing jurisdiction in the world. Much of the population is centered around the southwest corner of Western Australia, with regional and remote areas often having zero communication infrastructure. "A lot of the time, when police officers are in regional or remote areas, they have zero communication," said Grant Tucker, L3Harris Technologies senior Account Management manager.

L3Harris Technologies, a major player in modernizing public safety organizations, will provide P25-compliant radios to the WA Police Force through Radlink Communications. The upgrade is the first step in the WA Police Force's progress toward fully upgrading its entire communications network to address 21st-century challenges.

The WA Police Force listed Radlink Communications as a "preferred respondent" in December 2022. In addition to the L3Harris XL-200P radios, Radlink Communications will also provide the State with L3Harris' newest mobile, a vehicle-mounted radio, the XL OnboardTM 200M. "By choosing Radlink Communications supplying the L3Harris products - and, by extension, the MCA - the Western Australian Police Force now has more choices by procuring proprietary-agnostic solutions," Tucker added.

The WA Police Force has developed a proof-of-concept satellite capability using the L3Harris XL 200M, allowing police officers in regional areas to have multiple ways to connect with others. L3Harris has prior experience in Australia, having won a similar, smaller Australian Capital Territory emergency services communications contract six years ago, which helped prepare the company for this program.

The upgrade to P25-compliant L3Harris radios marks a significant step forward for the WA Police Force in enhancingcritical-communications network interoperabilityacross Western Australia's expansive policing jurisdiction. With improved connectivity and communication capabilities, police officers will be better equipped to serve and protect communities, especially in regional and remote areas.