The Public Safety Network is the new communications service that will be used by New Zealand's frontline emergency services responders - Fire and Emergency, Police, St John and Wellington Free Ambulance.
The goal in creating a new broadband and secure digital radio ecosystem is to make New Zealand’s emergency services staff, volunteers, and the public, safer.
Existing disparate radio networks will be replaced with a single nationwide secure digital radio service, and prioritised cellular broadband (voice, video, messaging and data) capability in urban, state highway and rural areas commonly accessed by frontline emergency services. Secure digital radio will provide voice and messaging services in many areas where cellular service is not available.
Frontline emergency services will receive information, quicker and in more places, improving productivity and enabling them to work together more effectively.
The Public Safety Network will be used by Fire and Emergency, Police, St John and Wellington Free Ambulance from 2022 onwards. The Next Generation Critical Communications Lead Entity(external link) is responsible for developing the Public Safety Network on behalf of emergency services.