Police operations in Gauteng have received a major boost, with the closing of a three-year contract with the Altech Group to maintain and upgrade SAPS TETRA radio network in the province.
Altech subsidiary Altech Alcom Matomo will be responsible for providing Motorola two-way communications equipment, upgrading the TETRA infrastructure, software and ongoing maintenance of the radio network.
Good communications are critical for the South African Police Service to do its work properly and efficiently. Officers on the ground need to be in constant communication with their stations via in-vehicle and handheld radios, using a network that is always secure and reliable.
TETRA provides them with that platformbut it is essential that the network is up to date, well-maintained and serves their requirements. This is where Altech comes in, to ensure that officers in Gauteng have the communications resources they require at all times, says Tim Ellis, Altech Group Executive Director.
Already, the contractwhich was signed at the end of 2012 following a lengthy tender processhas delivered an order to Altech, for hardware and software upgrades, and monthly network maintenance.
Ellis says he is immensely proud of the foresight and bravery demonstrated by the police Commissioner and the departments commitment to implement a world class infrastructure to maintain law and order.
According to Ellis, it is vital for the private sector to support the police in their efforts to combat crime in South Africa.
It is unrealistic to expect our police service to address crime on its own. Just as police officers on the ground need the active support and assistance of the public to address and prevent crimes, so SAPS as an organisation needs the unwavering support of the private sector to meet its infrastructural and operational requirements.
The Altech Group is thus thrilled to become a partner of SAPS, and have the opportunity to offer world-class expertise and service to our men and women in blue in Gauteng, South Africas commercial and industrial heartland.
By providing them with the communication tools they need, and ensuring that the TETRA network is fully functional at all times, we are an active participant in efforts to make the province a better and safer place for all its citizensand that truly is something to be proud of, Ellis says.
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About Allied Technologies Limited
Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The company focuses on the telecommunications, multimedia and information technology (TMT) industries. It has a global footprint in 14 countries and employs more than 4 000 people.
As a leading South African multibillion-rand group, Altech is involved in the design, development and convergence of telecommunications, multimedia systems and IT solutions.
For further information please contact:
Tim Ellis
Executive Director: Altech
Cell: +27 (0)83 616 6064
Email: [email protected]
Shenanda Janse van Rensburg
Group Executive: Marketing, PR & CommunicationsAltech Head Office
Tel: +27 (0)11 715 9031
Mobile: +27 (0)84 777 1977
Email: [email protected]

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