Johannesburg switches to Sepura TETRA radios

Sepura is to supply TETRA digital radios to Johannesburg, South Africa, which will become one of the first major cities in the world to have an integrated communications system for its utilities services.

Initially, SRH3800 Hand-held radios and SRG3500 vehicle radios, all with integrated GPS, will be deployed to electricians, electrical engineers and technicians working for City Power, an arm of the city’s council, which supplies the region’s electricity.

Subsequently, it is planned to roll out the network to bus and water supply departments.

In a contract secured by Ikwezi Maintenance & Communications and Global Communications, Sepura’s distribution partner in South Africa, the TETRA digital service replaces an analogue system. This will deliver efficient, reliable and secure communications in services that are critical to the community.

Errol Baker, Director of Ikwezi/Global Communications, said: “The Sepura radios will help City Power to achieve better management of the workforce – and to provide improved information on the availability of power, as some areas only receive power for a certain number of hours of the day.”

“The system is set to be a forerunner in establishing better communications throughout the region’s public safety users, ahead of the Football World Cup 2010 – the biggest sporting event ever, anywhere in Africa.”

Tim Mills, Sepura’s Regional Sales Director, added: “This is strategically the most important order that we have achieved in South Africa, and is destined to see a substantial increase in business, in this rapidly expanding market region for TETRA.