Wisconsin County Selects Federal Engineering for VHF System Recommendations
Monday, June 18, 2018 | Comments

Grant County, Wisconsin, awarded Federal Engineering a contract to evaluate the county’s existing conventional simulcast VHF system and make recommendations for modification, expansion and possibly replacement of the radio infrastructure.

As the county’s radio consultant, Federal Engineering will evaluate system users’ needs and assess the existing infrastructure, tower sites and equipment. The company will determine high-level user requirements for the radio system, microwave backhaul, interfaces to other systems, alarms, portables and mobiles, and other accessories such as headsets and logging recorders.

The consulting firm will recommend replacement, modification or expansions necessary to achieve acceptable mobile and portable radio coverage throughout Grant County. The company will discuss training requirements as part of the recommended system changes and review the procurement process used by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to recommend the next steps.

“Our radio system supports sheriff, fire and fire paging,” said Chris Johll, communications supervisor for the Grant County Sheriff's Office. “The existing radio system has been narrowbanded and works as well as can be expected in the rugged Wisconsin terrain, with some coverage gaps. The county is building a new public-safety building with a dispatch center supporting the radio system. We require the services of a consulting firm that can support us through all phases of this project from analysis through system cutover.”

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