Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR)
$120 million (net present value, as at March 2004)
Service delivery commenced
Department or agency
Delivery of this project was managed by the Bureau of Emergency Services Telecommunications (BEST) within the Department of Justice and Regulation.
The contract is now managed by the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority as an agent for the Department of Justice and Regulation.
Private sector partner
Motorola Australia Pty Ltd
The Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) project replaced the current analogue radio system used by Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board with a state of the art digital radio system.
The MMR system provides coverage across a wider area, with less interference, while also delivering:
- enhanced security of communications through digital encryption facilities;
- digital voice transmission to improve voice quality so that communication in an emergency response situation is clear and unambiguous;
- sufficient channel capacity and flexibility to manage the security and emergency response to major events; and
- interoperability between emergency service organisations and common co-ordination channels to support a multi-agency response to major incidents.
Along with the Emergency Alerting System Project and the Mobile Data Network Project, MMR forms a major investment and upgrade in technology infrastructure.
Motorola Solutions Australia was awarded the contract to design, build, finance and provide support and maintenance services to the network. The contract was executed on 15 March 2004 and the contract term is for seven years plus a two-year option for the State to extend.
As part of the State’s Emergency Management Operational Communications Program, the MMR has been extended for an additional two years (until December 2014) with a further, two one year optional extensions.
Chief Information Officer
Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority
Phone: 613 8656 1259