In a new trial in Bateau Bay, Batemans Bay and Dubbo, 200 vehicles have been fitted with smartphones that function more efficiently than satellite phones in many environments. They are shock-proof, waterproof and dust-resistant.
The new devices will complement existing radio communications to provide paramedics with multiple communications tools, under the revolutionary Vehicle Area Network program.
The Vehicle Area Network program brings four radio and satellite networks into one communication hub to overcome communications challenges presented by the varying terrains and topographies across NSW.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said a reliable communication channel could mean the difference between life and death for a patient.
“These smartphones are a smart investment and will ensure paramedics can respond faster and with confidence in any weather condition from any corner of the state,” Mr Hazzard said.