Pa. county hires M/A-Com for public safety radio system

York County, Pa., has awarded a $30 million contract to M/A-Com to build and implement a public safety radio communications system for the municipality.

The system will include a 22-site UHF digital trunked radio network, a 16-site digital paging network, mutual-aid base stations, a radio dispatch console system, M/A-COM P25 radio equipment, and an alarm and control system.

The P25 simulcast configuration uses Global Positioning System receivers at both the control and transmit sites to maintain timing.

The system will give York County public safety workers the ability to communicate reliably during emergency situations, the company said.

M/A-Com has two major partners on the project. Alcatel North America of Owosso, Mich., will construct the digital microwave connectivity to support M/A-Com's system. JG Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh will conduct site development services at the York County Emergency Services Center and Long Term Backup Facility.

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

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