The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) and Coast Guard received a major technology boost on Tuesday.
Fourteen computer systems, to include laptops and desktop computers as well as ten, 4G LTE devices were handover to the entities during a brief ceremony at the Ministry of Telecommunications.
The ABDF and the Coast Guard joins the Mount St John’s Medical Centre who last week received 4G LTE connectivity and is now leveraging on the cutting edge technology.
Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor said this particular remit comes under the e-Government connectivity component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE).
The e-Government connectivity component of GATE will see the deployment of 4G LTE Technology in a number of areas in government. The operations of Central Government will be positively impacted, as GATE will propel forward the e-Government agenda as the Government modernizes the way it provides services to the citizenry.
Chief of Defence staff Colonel Sir Trevor Thomas thanked the Ministry of Telecommunications for working along with the ABDF over the years and indicated the handover falls in line with plans to computerize the ABDF.
The ABDF and Coast Guard also benefit from the digital technology powered, Public Safety Communications Network (PCSN) which is managed by the Ministry of Telecommunications. This modern, electronic communications platform has significantly enhanced the response time of public safety agencies to emergency situations.