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Cayuga County, N.Y. and Motorola Announce Contract for Public Safety Interoperable Communications System

Simulcast System and P25 Network Provide Integrated Communication for Police, Fire, EMS and County Agencies

Cayuga County, N.Y. and Motorola Announce Contract for Public Safety Interoperable Communications System

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Aug. 5, 2010 – The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Cayuga County, N.Y. today announced a $13.3 million contract for a Project 25 (P25) countywide communications system providing interoperability with county and local public safety agencies, including the City of Auburn.

Scheduled for installation in late 2011, the new Motorola ASTRO® 25 IP Digital Trunked Simulcast System will provide seamless interoperable emergency communications coverage to sheriff, police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders of Cayuga County. 

“With the current radio system pushing thirty years in operation, we realized a dire need to upgrade our public safety communications,” said Peter Tortorici, Cayuga County Legislature Chairman. “The new system will allow seamless, interoperable communications between both County agencies and the City of Auburn, and will help ensure our County’s residents receive the timeliest and most effective response when attention is needed.” 

The system, operating through a 9-site, 7-Channel UHF trunked IP-based P25 network that provides countywide digital radio coverage, includes a new Motorola MCC7500 IP dispatch console based at the City of Auburn public safety office. The county will also benefit from the system’s new UHF tone and voice-paging system, allowing for the efficient dispatch of calls to first responders. 

The Motorola system will utilize P25 technology on Motorola’s XTL mobile and XTS portable series of digital radios, which are capable of operating in the UHF band. When the system is operational, Cayuga will join the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium (CNYICC), Network of Motorola P25 Systems, which also includes Onondaga, Madison and Oswego counties.

Project 25 is the functional and technical American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for digital two-way radios developed in a joint standards effort between the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, International Inc. (APCO), the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD) and numerous federal sponsor agencies.

Motorola is committed to providing Cayuga County and the City of Auburn the most advanced, interoperable public safety communications system designed to meet the specific mission critical needs of its first responders,” said Dave White, Motorola vice president. “With long-term, ongoing relationships with many public safety agencies in New York State, Motorola is thrilled to design a solution that will benefit the safety and security of Cayuga County and its citizens.” 

The ASTRO 25 network will allow Cayuga County to manage and monitor all communications between agencies.  This level of control lets the county designate priority access to first responders to help ensure seamless mission critical communications regardless of the number of users accessing the network.

“This state-of-the-art technology providing interoperable radio communications enhances the protection of Cayuga County citizens by ensuring both timely and efficient response to emergencies,” said Denise Stayton, Cayuga County 911 administrator. “Our new Motorola system will give us advanced capabilities such as increased frequencies, talk groups, system redundancies and advanced interoperability for agencies throughout the county.”

In addition to Cayuga County, other New York counties that have recently selected Motorola P25 trunking systems to meet their mission critical communications needs include Tompkins, Onondaga, Madison, Nassau, Rockland, Saratoga, and Oswego.