Michigan County Signs $47M P25 Contract with Statewide System Interface
Monday, June 17, 2019 | Comments

Oakland County, Michigan, entered into a $46.9 million contract with Motorola Solutions to replace its aging public-safety radio system with a Project 25 (P25) network that will interface with the statewide Michigan Public Safety Communication System (MPSCS). Oakland County will be the first agency in Michigan to use P25 Phase 2 technology that will more than double the number of users on one system, a statement said.

The project will replace more than 3,500 portable radios and about 2,000 radios in emergency vehicles with Motorola Solutions two-way radios. The radios are equipped with Wi-Fi and support wireless programming. The contract includes replacing 76 radio consoles at the 20 Oakland County 9-1-1 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with new Motorola Solutions dispatch consoles. These consoles will be integrated with the existing CallWorks 9-1-1 call-taking platform.

Implementing the network will take up to three years. During the next six months, the entities will design the 31-site simulcast system to submit to MPSCS for review. The system will be built with multiple layers of redundancy to withstand large-scale emergencies such as tornadoes or floods. The design includes 31 sites, 12 700/800 MHz channels, and P25 Phases 1 and 2 compliance.

Oakland County’s Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS), which uses computer technology for criminal justice and public-safety applications, will use the company’s radio management system to maintain and update the fleet of radios through a central database. The new network will also provide Oakland County’s public-safety departments countywide paging of firefighters with new 700/800 MHz pagers.

“This new partnership with Motorola Solutions will launch Oakland County into a whole new level of emergency communications,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “Technology is constantly changing, and this investment will give our first responders the tools they need to serve our residents. Once again, Oakland County will set a standard for other counties to follow and emulate.”

Oakland County’s contract with Motorola Solutions requires 1% grade of service which means 99 out of 100 times the two-way radio system will be fully available to a first responder. Also, the contract requires the new radio system to cover 97 percent of the county outdoors and 95 percent of the county in buildings.

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