Federal Engineering Selected to Help Virginia County with Radio System Assessment
Monday, November 08, 2021 | Comments

Smyth County, Virginia, awarded Federal Engineering (FE) a contract to assess the county’s public-safety radio system in anticipation of future upgrades.

“Federal Engineering has been consulting with Virginia jurisdictions for decades,” said Shannon Williams, 9-1-1 coordinator for the county. “They understand our operational situation and the need to interoperate with surrounding jurisdictions. In addition, they bring best of breed experiences to our project because their client base spans the nation. We are looking forward to their participation and guidance during this project.”

FE will develop an understanding of the existing system by reviewing documentation and conducting site surveys. Then firm will then meet with system users to understand and document their current and future needs. A computer coverage analysis will be performed using FE’s FECoverage model to establish a baseline of the existing system performance so we can determine what changes are needed to meet the radio coverage needs of users. A technical analysis of the best design alternative will be completed including the costs and at the conclusion, FE will deliver a radio system assessment and recommendations report.

“FE has carefully selected a team of long-tenured, in-house subject matter experts to work with Smyth County,” said FE Director Brad Barber. “Our team members have direct, hands-on experience working in Virginia in all facets of radio system projects. Since many are former first responders and dispatch center and radio system managers, they understand both the technical and operational dimensions to this project.”

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