EF Johnson to Provide P25 Network to Virginia County
Thursday, September 09, 2021 | Comments

EF Johnson Technologies signed a $26.8 million contract with Frederick County, Virginia, to deploy the county's next-generation radio communications network.

EFJohnson will deliver a KENWOOD ATLAS Project 25 (P25) trunked simulcast system solution, featuring its Latitude technology in a fully distributed network architecture for outstanding reliability, resiliency and scalability.

Emergency responders within Frederick County, including law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency management services (EMS) and 9-1-1 agencies, recognized that the county's existing radio network was nearing its end of life and unable to meet current public-safety needs.

"Replacing the county's aging radio system is not only critical for public safety; it is also long overdue, according to local officials," said Mitch Urbanczyk, vice president of government systems sales at EFJohnson. "The ATLAS P25 solution with its modern, resilient architecture will solve the county's coverage and reliability concerns while also providing the interoperability required for inter-agency coordination in an emergency, something the county does not have currently."

Frederick County's new turnkey solution will consist of a 10-site, six-channel, P25 UHF Phase 2 trunked simulcast system complemented with a four-site, single-channel conventional VHF simulcast system overlay. Also included are six ATLAS StarGate dispatch consoles with integrated voice and data capabilities, to be located at the county's main 9-1-1 dispatch center.

In addition, the county’s new subscriber fleet includes KENWOOD Viking radio models, featuring a new multi-band portable and VM7000 all-band mobiles. EFJohnson has made it easy for the county to budget for future radio needs with its perpetual software license program and Vault. Vault is a free, cloud-based asset management tool that allows the county to transfer software licenses across devices providing the county significant savings on future hardware purchases.

“A new radio communications system has been long needed in the county,” said Frederick County Board of Supervisors Chairman Charles DeHaven, Jr. “This new system will enhance the safety of our citizens, businesses and particularly our first responders. We look forward to working with EFJohnson going forward.”

The new system will provide unified communications to agencies across the county including fire/rescue, EMS, public schools, sheriffs’ departments, and the county’s communications center. In addition, KENWOOD Viking P25 radios will provide interoperable communications to volunteer fire departments throughout the county.

"We are proud to partner with Frederick County to provide a state-of-the-art P25 radio communication solution," said Rich Cagle, EFJohnson senior vice president of sales. “We are excited about the opportunity to provide the KENWOOD ATLAS P25 system solution that will give the county's first responders access to a reliable, cutting- edge radio communication network, allowing them to fulfill their mission of protecting and saving lives."

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