A global telecom firm that specializes in software that helps police forces respond to 911 calls and other emergencies has launched a multimillion-dollar effort based in Gatineau to help fight cyberattacks against public safety agencies.
Motorola Solutions announced the opening of its new network and security operations centre this week.
Located at the company’s main Canadian software development facility for next-generation 911 solutions on Boulevard de la Technologie in Gatineau, the centre will monitor systems that host 911 services, using sophisticated software to detect potential cyberthreats and check for faults in the networks.
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Motorola Solutions Canada president George Krausz told OBJ the company plans to spend $15 million on the new facility over the next several years. The firm currently employs about 120 people in Gatineau.
“We’ve got a good concentration of resources to build from,” he said.
Motorola’s flagship public safety software suite, CommandCentral, helps record and manage the flow of data from 911 networks as well as other technology used by first responders such as body cameras and in-car video systems.
The company’s latest investment comes as public safety agencies across Canada are upgrading their 911 systems to allow video, text and photos to be transmitted over the networks.