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Page 30 of 55 JUNE/JULY 2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 31 Request information at Putting communities first Anne Arundel County (Md.) which has been moving their system into the future since 2015•described by then County Executive Steve Schuh as, "the largest public safety infrastructure upgrade in its history." Step one was to upgrade their aging 911 system. Launched in January 2018, both the police and fire departments transitioned to a new com- puter aided dispatch (CAD) system, Infor EnRoute. "The system upgraded was from the early 1990s," says Emily Meadows, Anne Arundel Public Safety Portfolio Manager, Project Manager, CAD upgrade project. Calling it, "the dark ages." Concurrent to the CAD launch, Anne Arundel announced a $48.4 million dollar capital construction con- tract to replace and improve the public safety radio system. "The County awarded a contract to Motorola Solutions, Inc. in December 2017 for replacement of its 2004 vintage 10 site digital trunked radio system with a new 22 site Next Generation P25 digital trunked radio system," says Rick Napolitano, Anne Arundel Director of Information Technology. The entire project is funded through JumpStart Anne Arundel, a 30-year bond financing option. "Lack of reliable in- building coverage in critical occupan- cies was a primary concern expressed by first responders during the needs assessment," says Napolitano. "The contract defines 196 'Critical 1' build- ings which must have reliable coverage before final acceptance of the new sys- tem." These buildings include schools, confinement facilities, police and fire facilities, government offices/facilities, hospitals/clinics and shopping malls. "In addition, the Next Generation P25 radio system will provide 12 new sites to augment the coverage… coverage reliability improvements to all occupancy types throughout the County, and resolve some well-known dead spots," furthers Napolitano. "Additionally, the Next Generation P25 radio system will feature a geo- redundant System Master Control Site and Simulcast Prime Site. The contract calls for a total system replacement• though the existing tower sites and equipment shelters will be re-used, the entire legacy system, including tower mounted antennas, is being replaced." He confirmed nearly all their public safety fleet have received the new portable and mobile subscriber radios which are compatible with the legacy trunked radio system and the future NextGen P25 trunked radio system. INVISIO V20 LEO Kit For more information contact Tactical Communication and Hearing Protection Systems

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