The Scottish Ambulance Service has signed a £48m contract to implement O2's Airwave digital communications system.
As part of the 10-year deal, O2 Airwave and SunGard Vivista will supply radio terminals to ambulance staff, integrated communications control systems to control rooms, and Tetra-based radios to ambulances. The implementation will take 18 months to complete, and work has already started.
Airwave allows different agencies to share the same radio network during major emergencies. With Airwave, paramedics and control-room operators can talk directly with police and fire crews at the scene of an incident.
Police and fire crews in Scotland recently implemented Airwave, as have ambulance staff, police and fire crews in England and Wales.
As well as voice communications, Airwave handles data services, which can support alert paging and status reports.
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