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Erie Co. Looking into New Radio System Options

July 22, 2013

According to a recent article in the Erie Times-News, Erie county, PA is looking into significant radio system upgrades to fix the outdated and fragmented system currently in use. The county is looking into a state-of-the-art system that would make communication more reliable across the county for emergency personnel, and also to make interoperability easier. A 65,190 dollar contract has been proposed with a consulting group that would analyze the communications in Erie county and advise on what they believe would be the best route for the county to take. The county hopes to be able to utilize current equipment and towers already in place along with new pieces to the system. The estimated price tag for the new system will be between 14 and 20 million dollars.

There is no word yet on exactly what type of system may be put in place. There is also very little information on when we may see these changes begin.

The goal is to fix the many problems that plague Erie county’s radio system, including the lack of interop capability and the many dead spots that exist among the various agencies’ radio systems.

So for now, information is limited, but things may be changing for emergency communications in Erie. We will continue to follow this story and will bring you any further developments as we learn of them.

You can read the full Erie Times-News story here:
http://www.firehouse.com/news/11018167/Pa.-County-Considering-Elite-Radio-Network

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