Sandeep Joshi

HCL, Motorola to set up a secure integrated communication network

To enable secure communication among agencies like Delhi Police, fire services, hospitals, civic bodies etc.

Would cover entire metropolitan area of the Capital

NEW DELHI: HCL Infosystems and Motorola will jointly set up India’s first government radio network for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi next year. They have bagged the Rs.100-crore project from the Delhi Government to set up the country’s first exclusive “government radio network” (GRN).

The TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) communication network will facilitate swift and secure communication among various government agencies like the Delhi Police, fire services, hospitals, civic bodies, transport departments and other similar outfits in the Capital during the Commonwealth Games and beyond, providing a foolproof security net in the city.

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 terminals. 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.

“The deployment of GRN will not only enhance our communication infrastructure but will also firmly place New Delhi among the leading cities of the world. If the Asiad brought a shift from black-and-white television to colour television in 1982, the 2010 games will see the advent of TETRA that will open a new chapter of secured and efficient communication among various government agencies,” said Delhi Secretary (Information Technology) Savitur Prasad.

According to HCL Infosystems Chairman and CEO Ajai Chowdhry, “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. In times to come, systems such as GRN will strengthen communication infrastructure across the country.” GRN is an advanced digital inter-operable communication platform that will operate on a secure spectrum and will have 46 base stations where communication would be encrypted to ensure security. GRN will help multiple agencies collaborate over a single platform to ensure a well-coordinated optimum response. In the long run, the GRN will continue to offer options of scalability with easy expansion through additional radio terminals.