The Commonwealth, States and Territory Governments are considering a proposal to introduce a nationally interoperable public safety mobile broadband capability for use by emergency service organisations.
Mobile broadband would allow emergency service workers access to real time video, data and maps. This means, for example, that ambulance crews could send vision of an injured person to doctors at a hospital so that an early diagnosis can be made and treatment started as quickly as possible. Fire crews could use public safety mobile broadband to obtain weather updates, look at maps of the local terrain and review complex modelling of how the fire is advancing.
The NSW Telco Authority has been asked to lead the NSW Government’s involvement by investigating the development of a public safety mobile broadband capability. A review is currently being conducted to evaluate the resources, consultation and planning required to progress this.
In August 2015, the Telco Authority submitted a response to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into Public Safety Mobile Broadband (PSMB).