City launches state-of-the-art radio system
(Dec 18, 2013)
The City of Westminster has officially launched a new state-of-the-art digital radio system that brings greater reliability and provides expanded coverage for police, fire and emergency services throughout the city.
The $3.4 million system is the first of its kind in Colorado to be designed by Cassidian, one of the largest radio system companies in the world. The new system was unveiled Dec. 16 during a joint event with officials from the city and Cassidian.
“The new radio system has greatly enhanced coverage and much better building penetration with digital reliability and clarity,” said Communications Administrator Russ Bowers. “This system represents a great value both in acquisition and cost of ownership. The City of Westminster is now positioned to be compatible with digital technology for the next several years, enhancing security and lowering costs.”
As well as serving public safety, the radio system forms the main communication backbone for Public Works and Utilities; Parks, Recreation and Libraries; and other departments and facilities. The upgrade also makes it easier for the city to communicate with surrounding agencies when emergencies occur that require quick coordination.
“With the adoption of the new network, the City of Westminster reinforces its reputation for both technology innovation and leadership in government,” said Rich Cagle, vice president of sales, Cassidian Communications Land Mobile Radio division. “Unbundling its radio network procurement allowed Westminster to implement a multi-vendor solution that reduced its overall cost of ownership while keeping the city on the front edge of mission-critical communications."
The previous system had been in continuous operation 24 hours per day, seven days a week, for 20 years.
Anticipating the need for a replacement, the city has been setting aside funds for the past several years to pay for a replacement. The city has also received two federal grants totaling more than $420,000 to help pay for new portable radios that are required. The grants were obtained through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and the Department of Homeland Security. They will fund the replacement of 200 portable radios for police personnel, and 54 portable and 22 mobile radios for fire personnel.