Harris to Modernize Emergency First Responder Comms on $42M Award

Harris logoHarris Corp. has won a $42 million contract to modernize and maintain Chester County, Pa.’s emergency communications system for first responders.

The company will deploy Project 25 Phase 2 technology to fulfill the project’s coverage requirements, including interoperability with adjacent radio systems, Harris said Tuesday.

The P25 P2 is part of its APCO P25-based VIDA voice and data communication network that uses Internet Protocol technology.

Under the contract, Harris will install remote transmitters and receiver sites and convert the microwave system that links the remote sites to the 911 operations centers at the local Government Services Center and in South Coatesville.

The county’s 911 consoles and equipment will also be replaced with new portable radios and control stations for emergency responder applications.

To fulfill terms of contract, Harris will maintain the new system for eight years.

“Chester County is the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania and we have to ensure our communications capabilities grow as well,” Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell said in a joint statement.

“We’re looking forward to working with our first responders, many of whom are volunteers, as we move toward construction of this new system.”

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