Maryland County Announces $48M P25 Radio Project
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Comments

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Executive Steve Schuh announced a $48.4 million capital construction contract to replace and improve the county’s public-safety radio system.

The project will replace all first responder mobile, portable and network radio equipment and comply with Project 25 (P25) public-safety standards, providing improved interoperability between the county and its neighboring jurisdictions.

“Three years ago, Anne Arundel County began undertaking the largest public-safety infrastructure upgrade in its history,” said Schuh. “This public-safety radio system upgrade is crucial to those efforts. In any emergency, effective communications between first responders is critical.”

The new radio system will address many current system radio coverage issues and will provide improved radio coverage inside of structures throughout Anne Arundel County. Once the project begins, the county anticipates the system will be built in three years, a statement said.

The contract with Motorola Solutions requires guaranteed reliable in-building portable radio coverage inside of 196 critical buildings throughout Anne Arundel County. These buildings include schools, hospitals, police stations, fire stations, and government buildings.

In addition to improvements to voice dispatch radio performance, the new system will include technology to enhance the safety and efficiency of first responders, including real-time GPS location of first responders when they are away from their vehicles.

The capital project was made possible through the JumpStart Anne Arundel capital project financing program. Enacted in 2015, the capital plan embraces a 30-year bond financing option that allows Anne Arundel County to expand its capital funding program and make public-safety, school, road and quality-of-life infrastructure improvements.

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