Broward County is about to get a new public safety radio system. The Broward Commission approved a $59.5 million expenditure for the new system.

“We are replacing older technology with a more robust solution,” said Brett Bayag, acting director of the office of regional communications and technology. “We did an assessment of the county public safety radio system and found that we needed to bolster the system.”

The new system project includes $30.4 million for a state of the art Motorola P25 system, $26.4 million to pay for maintenance and support for 20 years , $2.5 million for optional services and $200,000 for additional training.

When the new public radio system has been installed by the end of 2018, there will be improvements to the whole communications system. The process is going from analog to digital. Six new towers will be installed and two of the towers will be in Hollywood. Some of the coverage gaps will be eliminated.

The P25 system will have capabilities that have not be used before. It will be able to accept video from emergency locations or even from people calling in. It will be able to identify the closest response emergency vehicle, such as an ambulance passing by. The new system will allow for communication with federal, state and nearby law enforcement agencies.