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Sarasota & Manatee Counties Select Airbus DS Communications' VESTA Radio for Regional Radio Solution

Date: 2015-06-26
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New P25 public safety radio system to strengthen and enhance emergency communications across region in Florida



Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus De- fense and Space, has been selected by Florida’s Sarasota and Manatee Counties to design, install and maintain a VESTA™ Radio solution for public safety communications across the two counties. Dubbed the Suncoast Regional Communications System, the land mobile radio (LMR) solution was approved by both County Commissions with unanimous votes and will improve communication among public safe- ty personnel (police, fire, EMS) to better serve the nearly 750,000 people of the two counties.

The new 800-MHz VESTA Radio solution will cover 1,300 square miles and enable seamless communication between Sarasota’s 32 agencies and 4,800 radios and Manatee’s 35 agencies and 3,300 radios. As a completely P25 standards compliant radio network, it will provide total user interoperability for improved public safety communications and collaboration throughout the region. The solution will significantly broaden the coverage around the University Parkway Corridor.

“This joint project not only allows us to enhance the quality of law enforcement, fire and emergency medical communications at a more reasonable cost for both counties, it also highlights the effectiveness of collaboration on a regional level,” said Sarasota County Administrator, Tom Harmer. “Sarasota and Manatee counties’ joint effort maximizes the use of taxpayer dollars and provides a conduit for continued efforts between our counties. We look forward to providing improved public safety in cooperation with Airbus DS Communications and with our counterparts in Manatee County.”

The VESTA Radio solution uses a distributed, IP-based architecture that protects against system failures should a single location suffer an outage. For more speed and flexibility in communicating vital information, the system supports multiple frequency bands as well as simulcast and multicast modes of operation. In the case of multiple system failures, the LMR solution is capable of continued communication and dispatch operations over the IP network.

“After a thorough evaluation process, procurement teams from both counties determined that Airbus DS Communication best met the technical requirements for this critical community project,” said Manatee County Administrator, Ed Hunzeker. “This technology will greatly improve emergency communications across a nearly 1,300-square mile region in one of the state’s fastest growing areas. As we have achieved great cost savings and benefits, I believe other Florida communities will look to our area as the standard model for how to replace and upgrade a public safety radio system.”

For more information on Airbus DS Communications, the home of VESTA, visit

- Corporate News/ (via Airbus-DSComm, 6/24/15)


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