Virginia County Selects Federal Engineering for Radio Replacement Project
Monday, September 13, 2021 | Comments

Surry County, Virginia, selected Federal Engineering (FE) to assist in the replacement of their mission-critical public-safety wireless LMR communications system.

“Surry County completed a study in September of 2019 that recommended we procure and implement a new 700/800 MHz four-channel TDMA simulcast system,” said Melissa Rollins, Surry county administrator. “We have contracted with FE to provide technical support for the procurement of this new system.”

Federal Engineering (FE) will revisit the requirements identified in the 2019 report and update them as needed, based on current county needs. FE will then schedule FETeamCoverage, its coverage workshop that is delivered via the internet.

“As radio coverage is modeled and gaps are indicated, our subject matter expert will interactively, and in real-time, adjust the model and display the effects of changing site equipment, placing additional sites in the network and the impact of spectrum decisions,” said FE Director Brad Barber. “Technical specifications will be developed incorporating the result of our coverage analysis and the specifications integrated into an RFP package.”

In addition, FE will assist the county by developing a request for proposals (RFP) vendor compliance matrix, develop scoring evaluation criteria, evaluate vendor proposals, prepare a vendor proposals evaluation workbook, attend a proposal review meeting and vendor presentations, and provide subject matter expert support via conference call to the county’s vendor selection committee.

FE will provide the county with negotiations support once the contract is awarded to a vendor.

“We look forward to working with FE to secure a new radio system that not only creates interoperability with surrounding jurisdictions but increases the level of communications with our first responders, which will allow us to provide a better service to the citizens of Surry County,” said Ray Phelps, chief of emergency management.

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