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Virginia Local Government Council Selects Harris Corp to Upgrade & Unify Mission-Critical Communications

Date: 2012-07-11
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  • System will support more than 3,000 public safety and public works users across 1,291 square miles.
  • Standards-based, digital system will improve coverage and provide scalability.
  • Interoperable network enables more efficient coordination of mutual aid response.

Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council, has selected advanced, standards-based digital technology from Harris Corporation to improve and unify mission-critical communications for more than 3,000 first responders and public works users.  Region 2000 includes 184,460 residents in Bedford and Amherst Counties, the Cities of Lynchburg and Bedford, and the Town of Amherst.

Region 2000 awarded Harris an $11.8 million contract to design and deploy a 14-site Harris P25 public safety communications system.  The system will enable interoperable communications among the region’s municipalities, as well as with surrounding cities and counties.  Region 2000’s new integrated mission-critical communication system replaces its current three separate but connected radio systems.  It is based on the Harris VIDA® network, which delivers scalability and features for future growth.

 “This communication solution from Harris is the right choice for our needs,” said, Gary Roakes, chair, Radio Communications Board and Amherst County Public Safety Director.  “It gives us a powerful and integrated radio system that brings all communications capabilities together, but also is an economical choice that allows us to use many of our existing resources.” 

The new Harris P25 system design is based on comprehensive load and traffic analysis in addition to the geographical layout of the region, which ensures that all of Region 2000 first responders receive the communications capabilities they require.

For more information, see:

- Corporate News/ (via Harris Corporation, 7/2/12)



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