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 and support maintenance for up to ten years.
“We are replacing older technology with a more robust solution,” said Brett Bayag, acting director of the office of regional communications and technology for Broward County. “We did an assessment of the county public safety radio system and found that we needed to bolster the system. A technical consultant did an assessment of the existing radio system and recommended that add seven new tower sites for transmitting radio signals.”
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 ten years, $2.5 million for optional services and $200,000 for additional training of personnel.
Broward County hopes to have the entire system installed by December 2018. There will be improvements to the whole radio communications system. It will meet the latest standards of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and will have interoperable digital wireless communications. It is going from the legacy analog system to digital. Seven new towers will be installed and one will be in Parkland. Some of the coverage gaps will be eliminated. The consultant found coverage gaps including areas of Hollywood that needed to be addressed and this new system will eliminate these gaps.