Quick deployment of resilient communications system for Surf Life Saving NSW


With 12,000 beaches to patrol and 100 million annual beach visits to keep a watchful eye over, Surf Life Saving Australia is on a mission to reduce the coastal drowning rate by 50% before 2020.


Key challenges

Maintaining a reliable, secure communications network is at the heart of Surf Life Saving’s service. The network needs to offer full coverage with no congestion and the infrastructure used must be able to stand up to weather events and other natural disasters.

For Surf Life Saving Australia, the challenge was to find a partner to provide the links for their digital voice communications along difficult coastal terrain in New South Wales. The solution must use licensed spectrum due to the mission objective of maintaining public safety and there was a desire for cost-effective, easy deployment of infrastructure.

Microwave and fiber solutions were quickly discounted due to the cost of installation – in particular the difficulty and expense of constructing large microwave towers along the coast.  Fiber and microwave would also offer far too much capacity for Surf Life Saving’s DMR requirements, making the expense of deployment untenable.



MiMOMax Wireless Network Digital Link using Series II radios.

Application: Backhaul linking for digital mobile radio

As part of an upgrade from an ageing analog radio system to a digital P25 system from Tait Communications, MiMOMax Wireless were selected as the backhaul, point to point linking solution for Fire & Rescue NSW.
Key challenges:
The FRNSW requirement called for linking between 45 radio sites located in remote parts of southern NSW. 
With environments ranging from Mt Perisher, the highest communications site on the Australian continent, to flat sites located in remote Western NSW. FRNSW required a resilient communications solution which would connect these remote sites to the Communication Centers in Sydney and Newcastle.
Involving some longer links and, at time, harsh weather, the MiMOMax solution required extensive RF engineering for some sites.
MiMOMax Wireless Series II and Tornado - offering superior data throughput for narrowband channels and the ability for radio links to also act as routers and multicast units.
Application: Backhaul linking via Point-to-Point Radio Network.
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