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Behind the radio: A critical network component for Florida public safety

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The power, resiliency and efficiency of digital radio and other next-generation services are driving the need to modernize public safety communications networks toward internet protocol (IP) and broadband. In this new multi-service, all-IP era, backhaul, the critical communications links between first responders and the backbone network that connects all statewide public service agencies and command centers, is expanding to become a critical value-added component of this evolution. In 2017, the State of Florida will begin to upgrade its Statewide Law…

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2016 state radio funds allocated; next procurement to begin this summer

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The Department of Management Services’ Joint Task Force panel detailed on Monday how $7 million allocated for state law enforcement radios last year will be spent, possibly giving a clue into how another $7 million appropriated for SLERS during the 2016 Legislative Session may be allocated as well. The funding item has been the topic of a heated intra-industry fight between two major state government vendors. Brevard County-based Harris Corporation, who holds the lucrative nine-figure contract to produce and service nearly all of…

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State police radio replacement dispute becomes budget conference sticking point

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An obscure but heated battle over a state contract potentially worth hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money is at stake as budget conferees continue to hammer out differences between House and Senate proposals. At issues is the radio equipment law enforcement agents use to communicate. Problems with communication gear have led to the deaths of several officers across the country. Tucked into the House’s government operations budget proposal is $7 million for a line item that reads “Replacement Of Statewide Law…

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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri writes letter in support of open-bid for upgraded LEO radio system

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As the Florida Legislature grapples with finalizing a budget, there is another funding debate happening besides just the future of indigent health care in the state. Lawmakers have proposed $1 million to open a competitive bid process next year for the state’s Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS). Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott last week supporting moving forward with the bid process. Since mid-2000s agencies, including PCSO, have upgraded to the “next generation technology,”…

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