The South African Police Service (SAPS) has awarded Emcom Wireless two maintenance and support contracts for provincial radio communications networks, which will run concurrently for three years in Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
“Reliable radio communication is non-negotiable for successful Police operations and maintaining and upgrading radio communications infrastructure is a critical, often-overlooked requirement,” said Emcom Wireless Managing Director, George Spencer.
“This collaboration between SAPS and Emcom Wireless will ensure that SAPS officers are appropriately equipped to perform their duties effectively. Emcom Wireless remains committed to assisting the South African Public Safety structures in their fight against crime, corruption and the preservation of law and order,” Spencer said.
Emcom Wireless will maintain several different types of communication network, including TAIT Quasi-Sync networks, 4RF and AVIAT microwave radio links and Daniels RF base stations.
Emcom is a South African company that specialises in mobile radio communications. The company is currently working on contracts in a variety of fields, including internal security, peacekeeping and public safety, utilities, mining, oil and gas and wildlife protection.
“Emcom Wireless has an extensive track record of supporting the South African Police Service in South Africa and abroad, and has played a significant role in providing mission-critical radio communication coverage at high and low profile events,” the company said. The South African Police Service, Anglo American and Eskom are a few entities Emcom is supplying and supporting.
The majority (60%) of Emcom’s business comes from South Africa and the remainder from the rest of Africa, but Emcom has seen a recent increase in requirements from non-African as well as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.
“Opportunities for growth in Africa and BRICS are well documented,” said Amantle Mokuburg, Branding and Marketing at Emcom. However, she noted that “Africa requires more intuitive engineers to be produced from our tertiary education institutions, and for these skilled individuals to be appropriately incentivised and thus retained for African businesses.”