Lancaster County (PA) Upgrades Public Safety Radio System

ANNAPOLIS, MD—ARINC Incorporated has been awarded a contract worth $20 million to provide a new public safety radio system for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

ARINC will provide a state-of-the art system that is expected to improve emergency responders’ ability to communicate during incidents. The system also allows emergency personnel to communicate with multiple agencies that provide mutual aid from surrounding counties. The ARINC system provides improved coverage and capacity over the current conventional radio technology and replaces existing technology that is more than 30 years old.

ARINC’s standards-based system ensures that the technology will support APCO Project 25 certified radios from multiple manufacturers, including Harris, Kenwood, Motorola, RELM, Tait, Thales, and others. The multi-vendor approach ensures that the County can leverage existing assets, obtain a best-of-breed solution, and maintain competitive pricing for radios now and into the future. Last week, ARINC supported Lancaster County in a demonstration of interoperability and operation of these radios on a single system to several public safety personnel. Another demonstration is planned on August 30.

In a multi-phase integration, ARINC will implement a P25 infrastructure from Cassidian Communications, install a new Zetron console to support the P25 standard, and implement a new Exacom logging recorder. Aviat and Cisco networking equipment will also be upgraded to support the new radio system.

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