Harris to upgrade emergency system

Aug. 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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BOSTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- North Carolina's Franklin County will receive an upgrade to its emergency communications network under a contract awarded to the Harris Corp.

Under the $9 million award, the county's analog existing emergency communications system will be upgraded to a Harris P25 (IP) trunked simulcast voice solution.

The customized system will allow the county to continue sending tones and messages to analog pagers, while providing digital voice communications for public safety personnel, utilizing existing tower sites.

Franklin County, with 10 townships, is 495 square miles in size.

"The new system will provide a high level of in-building radio and pager reception around the county," said Christy Shearin, director 9-1-1 Communications, Franklin County. "The Harris P25(IP) solution will give us an integrated solution for both voice and paging, with very high quality, for our many county agencies."

Harris said the county has also purchased 24 Unity XG-100P portable full-spectrum multi-band radios. Additional radios bought to operate on the Harris P25(IP) system include the Harris P5400, the first radio in the country to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security P25 CAP compliance process, and the M3300 multi-mode mobile radio.

"Counties and agencies on VHF frequencies in North Carolina and throughout the country are looking to upgrade their existing radio infrastructure to meet the FCC's narrow-banding mandate of 2013 without losing the ability to use tone paging," said Steve Shanck, president of Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications.

"The Harris solution selected by Franklin County is yet another example of how Harris VIDA solutions provide an innovative and integrated solution to meet county and agency needs."

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