The Central Desert regional council, based in Alice Springs, covers around 283,000 square kilometres, and is made up of nine unique communities.
The council provides a range of services to residents, including aged care, local maintenance and safety patrols alongside power, water and sewage maintenance. To do this, the council relies on a fleet of 160 vehicles, which are often required to travel along dangerous unsealed roads for up to 1000km. The remoteness of the council means that mobile coverage isn’t stable. Concerned for driver safety, the Central Desert team turned to new technology to improve communication.
The value of reliable communication
Driving solo is risky, particularly on rural roads, because in the event of flat tyres or rollovers, it can take hours for emergency services to locate and attend to the vehicle. In drier seasons, drivers also have to contend with intense heat that can lead to equipment breakdowns. But with new vehicle tracking devices installed across ...