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Westchester County is in the developmental stages of replacing the County’s mission critical radio systems that presently serves the Department of Emergency Services, Department of Public Safety, Department of Public Works and Transportation, and the Parks and Recreation Department since 2004. The project is led by the Department of Information Technology and their “Radio Group” and overseen by a steering committee of Commissioners and representatives from various County Departments and chaired by a representative of the County Executive’s office

There were two factors driving the replacement of the current system. The first item is that our radio vendor notified the County that most of our Radio Infrastructure will reach end of life and will no longer be supported after December 2018.  The second item  originated In 1971 when the FCC reallocated television channels 14-20 in 11 metropolitan areas to support critical public safety communications and provide regional interoperability among first responders. First responder entities in these metropolitan areas designed and installed complex and extensive two-radio systems to serve the needs of law enforcement and emergency services. These areas are Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Westchester County also operates a two-way voice radio system and a CAD/AVL data radio system, based on T-Band frequencies, for the dispatch and mutual aid communications of fire and EMS departments and operation of the Bee Line bus system. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act became law in 2012 (Public Law 112-96). SEC.6103 mandates that public safety agencies vacate the UHF frequencies in the 470 to 512 Megahertz band (known as T-Band) by 2023.

While the dates of 2018 and 2023 may seem distant we are reminded that the current Trunk System took over seven years to secure real estate and inter-municipal agreements, funding, design, finalize construction and acceptance testing.

 

Radio Project Updates