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Public Safety Radio Project Moves Forward

DATE: February 7, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Brett Bayag, Acting Director
Office of Regional Communications and Technology

PHONE: 954-357-8565

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The County Commission today approved the selection of Motorola Solutions as the vendor to replace the County's aging public safety radio system with a new 700MHz Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Project 25 compliant system. Contract negotiations with Motorola will commence, and are expected to be completed by May 2017.

The radio replacement project, which is estimated to cost $45 million, is expected to have a duration of 18 to 24 months after Board approval of a contract. This project will improve the County's Regional Consolidated E911 Dispatch System by providing the County with a new state of the art APCO P25 compliant radio system which will include denser coverage, higher levels of redundancy, and improved interoperability with other agencies.

Brett Bayag, Acting Director of the Office of Regional Communications and Technology says he's looking forward to the improvements the new radio system will provide to support mission-critical communications within the County. "This is yet another indicator of the County's commitment to strengthening the Regional 911 system."

Updates on the progress of the radio system will be provided throughout the implementation process to the emergency response community, including police and fire associations as well as the end users of the dispatch system.

About Regional Communications and Technology

The Office of Regional Communications and Technology (ORCAT) manages, administers and provides oversight of the countywide consolidated E911 communication system. Responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of the public safety infrastructure used to respond to E911 calls on a 24/7 basis, thereby enabling rapid emergency response to 911 callers for lifesaving assistance in Broward County. The Regional Consolidated E911 Dispatch System is overseen by ORCAT and operated by the Broward Sheriff's Office via a Performance Based Contract with the County Commission. For more information, visit our website.

For more information on this project and other projects on regional communications, please visit the Office of Regional Communications and Technology website.