In what will be an incremental, 10-year-overhaul of its internal public safety and service communications, Monroe County, N.Y., has contracted with Harris Corp. to migrate its legacy systems to a trunked radio system.

"This project ultimately will unite all of Monroe County's public service and safety agencies under a single, modern digital communication system," Harris RF Communications Group President Dana Mehnert said in a press release.

As part of the county's strategic plan and to meet the FCC's 700 MHz public safety broadband wireless network goal, the Rochester-based county will eventually have all its agencies on one "talk group" instead of varying frequencies. The trunked emergency radio communications system and terminal equipment will support up to 25,000 public safety and service users in the county.

"It will make the ease of communications between agencies much simpler - in real time, on demand, when needed and when authorized," Monroe County Public Safety Director Stephen Bowman told Government Technology.

The $30 million project will give the county "an advanced communication solution with the improved communications capability, enhanced capacity and regional interoperability important for first responders," a Harris Corp. release on the announcement said. "Monroe County will have an advanced communication solution with the improved communications capability, enhanced capacity and regional interoperability important for first responders."


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Karen Wilkinson  |  Staff Writer