Las Vegas police turn to M/A-Com for wireless radio system

The Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas has awarded M/A-Com a $9.8 million contract to build a wireless, interoperable radio system.

M/A-Com of Lowell, Mass., will deploy its OpenSky radio network to provide the department with voice and data.

OpenSky is a private communications network based on IP technologies that will connect internally the department's force of more than 2,000 officers and furnish interoperability with other agencies and surrounding jurisdictions. The system can accommodate as many as 12,000 users.

Using a series of network gateways, the department's OpenSky system also will interoperate with Nevada's Shared Radio System, which extends across major counties.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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