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Macon (GA) Awards Harris Contract for Public Safety Communications System

Date: 2012-11-15
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  • Solution will support Macon's police and fire departments and the Bibb County sheriff's office.
  • System capable of integrating new LTE (Long-Term Evolution) broadband technology.
  • Includes nearly 700 Unity® mobile and portable multiband radios for unparalleled interoperability, and OpenSky® modems for data connectivity.

The City of Macon, Georgia has taken the first step to give its first responders an interoperable communication system that will seamlessly connect Macon police and fire departments and the Bibb County sheriff's office.

The City has awarded Harris Corporation a $7.68 million contract to deploy a three-site 800 MHz Project 25 (P25) simulcast system designed to deliver highly reliable communications to the city's public safety personnel. The new system will easily accommodate future growth, and integrate with new technologies such as LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks.

"Modernization of our legacy communications system called for a cutting-edge yet standards-based system to deliver necessary voice and data capability and true interoperability to our first responders," said Dale Walker, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Macon. "The Harris solution proved to be the most fault tolerant option to give Macon's public safety agencies the reliability, connectivity and functionality they need."

The solution includes nearly 700 Harris Unity XG-100 full-spectrum mobile and portable multiband radios that operate on VHF, UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz frequency bands. In addition, the Harris P25 simulcast system will include an OpenSky® overlay and Wi-Fi hot spots for a multi-tier mobile data solution that enables constant data connectivity via OpenSky modems installed in select city vehicles.

The Harris P25 system is part of the VIDA® network, a unified Internet Protocol-based voice and data communication system based on APCO P25 industry standards. VIDA delivers full IP management features, including interoperability without intervention of console operators, IP consoles, and other benefits inherent in open IP architecture systems.

Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Harris, 11/13/12)

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