Pensacola Connects to County P25 Network, Upgrades Dispatch Center
Monday, December 14, 2015 | Comments

The Pensacola (Florida) Police Department will begin using a new mission-critical communications system that will improve interoperability among counties for first responder coordination and response. The city of Pensacola will connect to Escambia County’s Motorola Solutions Project 25 (P25) network, allowing first responders to communicate seamlessly with other agencies across the county, Florida and neighboring states.

The upgrade allows departments and agencies to share one system, yet manage and maintain control over their own talk group, encryption keys and configuration data. The city of Pensacola also teamed with Motorola Solutions and CES Team One to update the dispatch center. The project included the addition of new Motorola Solutions dispatch consoles and ergonomic furniture designed to help dispatchers do their jobs more quickly and efficiently during emergencies.

The consoles are the digital computer connections to the P25 core system that Escambia County purchased in 2010. This will be the first time Pensacola Police dispatchers will be connected to the P25 core system. The Pensacola Police Department will also be equipped with Motorola Solutions’ P25 portable and mobile radios.

“Previously, mutual-aid events and radio traffic required calls to be patched,” said Brenda Kahalley, city of Pensacola project manager. “This new system simplifies the process down to an easy push of a button.”

The project also reduces the cost of providing radio service to all three counties with a shared site, maintenance and operating costs. The new system will provide a greater footprint and signal strength across all counties with shared channels, a statement said.




 
 
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