Northrop Grumman to build Va. county's public safety command center

Stafford County, Va., has contracted with Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade the county's IT systems and add a new public safety center to facilitate collaboration in emergency situations.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector, based in McLean, Va., won a 25-month, $36.4 million contract to design and build the 114,000-square-foot public safety center for county police, fire and rescue, and emergency operations.

The facility will contain a 911 communication center, an emergency management center and will support all of the sheriff's administrative functions, including detention and booking. It also will house administrative offices for fire, rescue and sheriff's office personnel.

Northrop Grumman will integrate new public safety systems designed for improved management of emergency operations and will relocate legacy systems to the new center.

The company also will add new technologies to better help protect the public. Among the new technologies will be a voice over IP administrative telephone system, a subsystem timing infrastructure using Global Positioning System technology and a 911 telephone system.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication Washington Technology.

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