Lancaster County Signs $20M P25 Contract with ARINC (8/1/12)
ARINC was awarded a contract worth $20 million to provide a new public-safety radio system for Lancaster County, Pa.
ARINC will provide a system that will significantly improve emergency responders’ ability to communicate during incidents. The system also allows emergency personnel to communicate with multiple agencies that provide mutual aid from surrounding counties. The ARINC system provides improved coverage and capacity over the current conventional radio technology and replaces existing technology that is more than 30 years old.
“The new system will provide a dramatic improvement in the ability of first responders to communicate with each other,” said Michael W. Weaver, director of Lancaster Countywide Communications. “With more than 390,000 police, fire and EMS incidents a year, we are very excited to get started with ARINC and build a radio system that will support our mission to dispatch and communicate with more than 120 public-safety agencies countywide for years to come.”
In a multiphase integration, ARINC will implement a Project 25 (P25) infrastructure from Cassidian Communications, install a new Zetron console to support the P25 standard and implement a new Exacom logging recorder. Aviat and Cisco networking equipment will also be upgraded to support the new radio system.
ARINC’s standards-based system ensures that the technology will support P25-certified radios from multiple manufacturers, including Harris, Kenwood, Motorola Solutions, Relm Wireless, Tait Communications, Thales and others. The multivendor approach ensures that the county can leverage existing assets, obtain a best-of-breed solution, and maintain competitive pricing for radios now and into the future.
In July, ARINC supported Lancaster County in a demonstration of interoperability and operation of the radios on a single system to several public-safety personnel. Another demonstration is planned Aug. 30.
“With ARINC, Lancaster County is not locked into one manufacturer, and it will be able to compete for the best prices while taking advantage of future technology improvements,” said Marvin Ingram, ARINC senior director of public-safety communications.
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