California County Chooses Federal Engineering for Interoperability Project
Monday, November 06, 2017 | Comments

Merced County, California, selected Federal Engineering to provide consulting and planning services relative to the county’s short- and long-term radio interoperability communications needs. The purpose of the study is to determine the most economical, efficient, reliable and state-of-the-art method for improving the reliability of the county’s current radio system.

Federal Engineering will conduct a comprehensive review of the county’s current infrastructure that will include functionality and capabilities, as well as performing a needs analysis of participating agencies. The current interoperability infrastructure includes:
• Two-way radio systems and equipment such as base, mobile, portable and fixed receivers for all agencies using the Merced Operational Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (MOA-RICS);
• Communications infrastructure backbone such as microwave and fiber;
• New and/or upgrades to existing towers, supporting buildings and the MOA-RICS; and
• Public-safety answering points (PSAPs).

Federal Engineering will also analyze the coverage of the current infrastructure and alternative new infrastructures to provide countywide coverage of MOA-RICS. The company will then present the infrastructure alternatives to Merced for the purposes of narrowing the alternatives down to a recommended solution that will serve as the basis for improvements to the system. The alternatives presented will include advantages, disadvantages, issues and considerations specific to the needs of the MOA-RICS system.

Federal Engineering will generate a report documenting the performance of the current system, identifying vendor neutral recommendations suitable for the procurement of equipment and services, and incorporating an implementation plan for the recommended alternative.

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