LA-RICS Selects Motorola for Public-Safety Broadband Network (3/6/14)
Thursday, March 06, 2014 | Comments

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS) awarded a $175 million contract to Motorola Solutions, if all options are exercised, for a five-phase project to design, construct, implement and maintain a wireless public-safety broadband network based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The network will provide mission-critical data communications for the region’s more than 34,000 law enforcement, fire service and health service professionals and more than 80 public-safety agencies.

The system will operate on the public-safety LTE band class 14 of the 700 MHz spectrum to provide a shared, regionwide data system throughout the 4,000-square-mile area. LA-RICS is funding the 231-site project primarily with federal grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

LA-RICS Joint Powers Authority (JPA) was the first BTOP awardee to reach a lease agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Four of the seven public-safety BTOP winners now have agreements with FirstNet, including Adams County, Colo., New Jersey and New Mexico.

The LA-RICS LTE system will support a host of public-safety applications, such as integrated command center applications and other CAD solutions, real-time video streaming, tactical collaboration, dynamic mapping and routing, and in-field reporting, as well as optional push to talk (PTT) and location services. The network will connect the region’s first responders to regional, state and federal agencies during natural disasters and other widespread emergencies.

The system will consists of an evolved packet core (EPC) with 231 eNodeB sites operating on band class 14, as well as a backhaul network and redundant network operation centers (NOC). Motorola will provide 1,000 VML 700 LTE vehicle modems for the initial testing. In addition to supporting band class 14, the modems will provide connectivity to commercial carrier 4G LTE band class 13 and to 3G EVDO networks for nationwide wireless data coverage.

“Proceeding with this wireless public-safety broadband network for the Los Angeles region will assist LA-RICS in fulfilling its goal of providing the finest public-safety grade mission-critical communications to the region’s public-safety professionals,” said Patrick Mallon, executive director, LA-RICS.

In August, LA-RICS awarded Motorola a contract to develop a Project 25 (P25) radio system to provide mission-critical voice communications for the region. The contract, valued at $280 million if all unilateral options are exercised, calls to the design, implementation and maintenance of the LMR system that will feature the company’s ASTRO P25 Phase 2 700 MHz and UHF digital radio technologies. Combined with the LTE network, LA-RICS will provide wireless voice and data communications for the region of more than 10 million people.

“Public-safety agencies throughout the Los Angeles region will benefit tremendously from a new LTE broadband network delivering mission-critical data every day,” said Mark Moon, executive vice president and president, sales and product operations, Motorola Solutions. “The region places a high priority on its first responders and this broadband public-safety network will help them communicate more effectively with advanced video and data capabilities.”

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