Motorola Wins $22M P25, LTE Contract in Irving, Texas (1/31/12)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | Comments

By Sandra Wendelken
Motorola Solutions won a combined Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 and Long Term Evolution (LTE) contract in Irving, Texas, for more than $22 million. Under the contract, Motorola Solutions will also provide fiber, CAD integration, fire station alerting, microwave, dispatch consoles and data devices for public-safety vehicles in addition to the P25 and LTE equipment.

This infrastructure will provide P25 voice communications to replace the city’s existing two-way radio system. In addition, the communications system will allow broadband data access to enterprise applications, operation, monitoring and control of remote facilities and systems owned by the city in real time and a fiber-optic ring network for site connectivity. The broadband wireless network will also connect devices throughout the city’s territory for data communications, said Shane Burton, assistant IT director – infrastructure for the city of Irving.

Eddie Fuerst, vice president of Motorola Solutions Sales and Services Inc. (MSSSI), said the contract is unique because it combines narrowband voice and broadband technology, and Motorola will serve in a systems integration role in addition to providing equipment for the network.

The contract includes a multimillion-dollar 10-year maintenance agreement in addition to the $22 million equipment contract. The project is funded through bonds, said Burton.

The P25 network is a four-site, 10-channel simulcast network with more than 1,000 APX mobiles and portables. The city also purchased P25 Inter Subsystem Interface (ISSI) links.

The LTE network will include six sites, four of which are collocated with the P25 sites and two new sites. The company is providing 220 in-vehicle LTE devices. About 170 are rugged in-car modems called VML700, and about 50 are LTE USB devices.

“The LTE component will connect to the city of Fort Worth’s LTE lower core, and we will share our resources with the city of Fort Worth,” Burton said. “Fort Worth’s LTE lower core will connect to the LTE upper core owned by Harris County.” Motorola is also supplying the Fort Worth LTE network, and last year, Harris County, Texas, signed an LTE contract with Motorola Solutions for a public-safety network. That network is scheduled to launch service this summer.

There is a two-year project timeline to full completion and acceptance for the Irving system. The LTE network will cover the entire city boundaries. “The expectation is to have a site up by the end of the year and all six sites up and functional by the end of the two years,” Burton said.

Motorola is also providing fire station alerting for 16 fire stations and integration with the city’s CAD network and voice recording. Additionally, the city will receive 12 sites of fully redundant fiber to connect the sites and several city facilities. A fully redundant microwave network will back up the fiber. The city’s three dispatch sites will include 22 consoles.

Motorola will supply 150 MW810 rugged mobile data workstations for vehicles that are separate from the LTE devices. Fuerst said the city’s current 700 Harris radios will be upgraded to P25 and used on the network as well.

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