L.A. County Selects Raytheon for Console Upgrade (6/20/12)
Raytheon Company was selected by Los Angeles County to replace legacy emergency dispatch consoles with new ones that can easily be expanded for emerging public-safety technologies such as Long Term Evolution (LTE).
Under a $12.5 million contract, Raytheon will replace all public-safety communications consoles for the sheriff and fire departments, allowing them to be more responsive to their communities while raising efficiency and lowering maintenance costs.
“Our first responders deserve the best equipment to save lives,” said Mike Prout, vice president of Security and Transportation Systems for Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems business. “Raytheon provides innovative technologies that every sheriff’s deputy or firefighter can rely on.”
When the twin-screen consoles are in place, public-safety dispatchers can readily see which units are available and have the shortest response time in handling both routine and emergency incidents. For the county, the changes will also bring about increased interoperability between jurisdictions.
For example, county fire department dispatchers will now have the ability to directly connect with nearby fire agencies. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFire) and Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties can form talk groups on radio channels that provide immediate communications with dispatchers. This will enhance both efficiency and safety in responding to multiagency wildfires and other emergency situations.
“This type of interoperability is exactly what first responders need in this era of multiagency, multidiscipline responses,” said John Lenihan, battalion chief, L.A. County Fire Department.
Raytheon is also currently installing new mobile data laptop computers in more than 2,000 Sheriff’s Department vehicles to increase safety and help deputies perform more efficiently.
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