Public Safety Communications Consultant
Richard Harkett has been in the public safety telecommunications industry for 40 years.
He joined the NZ Police in 1980 and by the time he retired from Police in 2011 he was managing the Police Radio network.
He was instrumental in the design of parts of the analog radio network which is still in use outside the three main centres today. He led the telecommunications planning for many major Police security operations, including the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990, CHOGM in 1995 and APEC in 1999.
In the later part of his career he led the successful role out of a secure radio system in the three main centres ahead of The Rugby World Cup in 2011.
Richard also worked for the United Nations for a couple of years (1992-1994). He was with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) Weapon Inspectors in Iraq as the chief communications officer.
Since Retirement Richard has carried out work for Tait Communications, NZ Police, the Fire Service and St Johns.
He is always passionate about achieving the best outcome for emergency services.
Thursday 2 May: Noon-12.30pm
Next-generation emergency communication services as observed from the sidelines
Richard has been following the development of the Next Generation Emergency Communication Services with interest over the last 6 years. He will provide an insight into some of the challenges facing the deployment and replacement of the existing primary voice systems, with some thoughts around how these could be overcome.