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SF Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System Approves BayWEB Agreement

Date: 2012-01-20
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Next generation public safety broadband network to become reality for San Francisco Bay Area

Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leader in the development of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, devices, applications and services, has commended the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) Authority on the approval of the build, operate, own and maintain (BOOM) agreement to build a 700 MHz public safety long-term evolution (LTE) network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Months of collaborative work between governments and emergency responders from across the Bay Area will now result in our region having the most advanced public safety communications network in the nation,” said Rich Lucia, chairman, BayRICS Authority and undersheriff, Alameda County (CA).  “It will greatly assist our police, fire and EMS personnel with a state-of-the-art tool that will help them do their jobs more efficiently and more safely, and will also make all our region better prepared to respond in instances of crime, fire, terrorist attacks and natural disasters."

The agreement when executed will be a key step toward realizing the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) project, which will allow police, fire and other emergency services agencies across the area to access urgent data and collaborate in real-time via voice and video on a dedicated, fast and reliable broadband mission critical network. Funded in part by a $50.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Motorola will work closely with both the NTIA and Bay Area Public Safety Agencies to begin the build-out of a vastly improved emergency communication system for  the Bay Area.

“The BayWEB project is an essential tool for public safety across the Bay Area,” said Greg Suhr, San Francisco chief of police.  “BayWEB will provide the kind of interoperable communications that help to better protect our officers on the streets and help them keep our neighborhoods safe.  This long overdue and greatly needed network will be one of the most advanced public safety communications systems in the nation available at this time.”

KEY FACTS

  • BayWEB will provide a unified, mission critical multimedia broadband network for the Bay Area.
  • With the completion of the project, BayWEB will help increase efficiency and safety in the field by providing public safety with invaluable strategic and tactical data, greater in-field productivity and real-time video information, all on demand and prioritized for first responders.
  • With a private broadband network, public safety professionals will have highly secure, highly-reliable connectivity for emergencies, natural disaster and catastrophic events. 
  • Motorola and BayRICS focused on a full-scale interoperability approach to ensure LTE-based communications interoperate fully with the existing Project 25 standards-based networks used in the various participating counties in the Bay Area.
  • The BayWEB project will support more than 100 sites across the Bay Area and will also lay the groundwork for future expansion to support additional areas and services.

For more information, see Next Generation Public Safety Portal 

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Motorola Solutions, 1/19/12)

 

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