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Visit by Pakistan Ministry of Interior 4 September 2007

A DELEGATION from the Pakistan Ministry of Interior visited the Isle of Man on August 30th.

Pakistan Ministry of Interior visitThe visit, hosted by the Communications Division of the Department of Home Affairs, is part of their procurement process into the provision of a new TETRA communications network for use by the emergency and security services.

The delegation was accompanied by representatives from Motorola, the suppliers of the Isle of Man Government network.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK commented:

‘The delegates from Pakistan were keen to learn from the Isle of Man’s experiences as an acknowledged leader in this field – following the successful implementation of the Isle of Man’s TETRA system but they are also considering our approach in respect of the Emergency Services Joint Control Room. They were particularly impressed with our approach to inter-agency communications.’

The Pakistan delegation and representatives of Motorola are pictured outside Communications House in Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, with the Minister Martyn Quayle, DHA political members George Waft MLC and Tim Crookall MHK and Technical Director of the DHA Communications Division Robert Williamson.

The head of the Pakistan delegation, Brigadier General Muhammad Munir, (front row, 2nd right) said:

‘The visit was invaluable and we are most grateful for the opportunity to visit a fully operational system and to learn from the experiences of the Isle of Man project team.’

Background information

  • The TETRA (TErrestial Trunked RAdio) system incorporates over 2,500 user radios including 400 for use in the TT and MGP races.
  • The network also provides site sharing facilities for the public and private sector such as local radio stations and mobile network operators.
  • The TETRA system had a capital project cost of £8.7m and is used by 21 different user organisations across government.
  • All 999 calls made on the Island are answered in less than two seconds. Since April 2004 the control room has handled a total of 50,504 emergency 999 calls and dealt with 114,161 emergency events.
  • The TETRA system has processed almost 3.8million calls.

For more information see the website: www.gov.im/dha/cd/

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