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Positive publicity for Communications Division 5 August 2008

Emergency Services Joint Control RoomTHE benefits of the Isle of Man’s multi-agency approach to communications have been highlighted in a leading industry magazine.

The current edition of Emergency Services Ireland devotes three colour pages to the Island’s TETRA system and Emergency Services Joint Control Room. The publication provides a platform for governments and private enterprise to showcase initiatives, voice opinions and exchange ideas. It has a worldwide audience with copies distributed to decision makers in the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand.

The positive publicity for the Isle of Man was generated following a visit to the TETRA World Congress by Communications Division Technical Director Robert Williamson. Mr Williamson delivered a keynote presentation at the event in Hong Kong in May – outlining the Island’s pioneering work to an international audience of manufacturers, operators, application developers and media personnel.

TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) is used by 21 different organisations across the Isle of Man Government, including the emergency services. Most countries have separate control rooms to handle calls to the police, fire and ambulance services, whereas everything has been dealt with under one roof in the Island since April 2004.

Robert WilliamsonMr Williamson, whose trip to Hong Kong was funded by the conference organisers, said:

‘The TETRA World Congress provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that the Isle of Man is at the forefront of integrated communications. Interest in our TETRA system and ESJCR remains as strong as ever and that is reflected in the extensive media coverage that the Island continues to attract and the visits we are being asked to host.’

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