Emergency Alerting System

Overview

The Emergency Alerting System is a dedicated messaging system which enables statewide emergency services staff and volunteers to be simultaneously alerted to emergency incidents via pager based text messages.


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Project name

Emergency Alerting System

Value

$100 million (net present value, as at June 2004)

Status

Completed

Department or agency

  • Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) 
  • Department of Justice.

Private sector partner

VEC Network Pty Ltd a wholly owned Company of ABN AMRO. Leighton Group subsidiary LSE Technology is a major sub-contractor.

Description

In June 2004, VEC Network Pty Ltd was awarded the contract to deliver the Emergency Alerting System (EAS) Project. Under the contract, the VEC Network consortium designed, built, financed and provided support and maintenance services for the system over the 7-year contract term.

The system commenced operation's in November 2005.

The EAS project delivered a dedicated multi-agency pager based messaging system used by: Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES) and Ambulance Victoria (AV).

The EAS is a dedicated messaging system which enables the Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES) and Ambulance Victoria (AV) regional emergency services staff and volunteers to be simultaneously alerted to incidents via text messages.

The EAS network provides an extremely robust and reliable form of emergency alerting technology. It is also supported by a fully redundant disaster recovery site in Sydney and satellite technology with the capability to broadcast alert messages simultaneously to nearly 40,000 paging devices across Victoria.

The EAS Network comprises 225 sites across regional Victoria providing coverage to nearly 97% of the State, one of the largest networks of its kind in the world.

In November 2012, Visionstream Pty Ltd commenced an Operation's and Maintenance Contract to operate the EAS over a 4-year term.

Under the new contract, Visionstream Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of the Leighton group), is required to undertake a capital re-fresh program for the EAS equipment (including issuing new pagers) and provide ongoing system support and maintenance services.

Contact information

Glenn Page
Phone: 03 8656 1220
Email: glenn.page@esta.vic.gov.au

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