Virginia's Region 2000 Local Government Council Awards Harris Corporation $11.8M Contract To Upgrade And Unify Mission-Critical Communications
• 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 $11.8M 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.
“To respond together in an emergency situation, Virginia’s Region 2000 members know they must communicate as one across their large and diverse area,” said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “The Harris P25 system creates one integrated solution from what had been three different communication systems, giving them a powerful and unified capability.”
The Harris VIDA network platform is a unified IP-based voice and data communication system based on 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.
In public safety and professional communications Harris is a leading supplier of assured communications systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to next-generation, secure public safety-grade LTE (Long-Term Evolution) solutions for voice, video and data applications, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios. Harris has more than 80 years of experience in public safety and professional communications and supports over 500 systems around the world.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6B of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications products, systems, and services. For more information, visit www.harris.com.
SOURCE: Harris Corporation