by CIO New Zealand

Orion Converged Communications Core network launched in New Zealand

May 01, 2019
Business ContinuityGovernmentTelecommunications

A state-of-the-art digital communications network being rolled out in New Zealand aims to help commercial organisations reach new levels of safety and productivity.

The network will use Motorola Solutions’ advanced, MOTOTRBO Capacity Max technology providing highly secure, reliable and professional two-way radio solutions that give users access to feature-rich, next-generation networks and applications.

Modelled on a similar network established in Australia, the Orion Network is being introduced to New Zealand through a partnership between radio network operators and critical communications specialists CSE Genesis, a division of CSE New Zealand Limited, and TL Parker Ltd, in association with Motorola Solutions and Orion Network Australia.

Logan Caulfield, CSE Genesis manager, says the Orion Converged Communications Core (OC3) network would provide a suite of converged voice, data and video applications that integrate seamlessly with cellular networks.

“The infrastructure for OC3 includes a nationwide trunked radio communications network that creates a bridge between narrowband and broadband data and voice services, unifying workgroups across their entire operations – regardless of the device or they carry or where they are located.”

Caulfield says the network has already been rolled out in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and will be progressively extended across the nation for completion in 2020.

“It will also offer trans-Tasman connections linking with the established Orion Network in Australia, which operates across all Australian states, and will be accessible to all existing Motorola Solutions customers in New Zealand.

“That brings benefits for both countries by, for example, enabling instant and secure connection between businesses operating trans-Tasman without the high cost of cellular rates.”

Garry Parker,TL Parker Limited director and owner, says OC3 is particularly relevant for businesses that have critical operations and infrastructures, including local authorities, utilities, ports and airports, transport and logistics operations, essential government departments and emergency services providers.

“All users of the OC3 network will have constant connections to their control room, maximising productivity, as well as providing vital safety features for workers,” he says.

“For mission-critical environments, including airports and ground transport operations, this makes a big difference, especially in times of emergency when reliable connectivity enables all employees to stay safe and informed as events unfold.”