Baltimore County and Motorola Announce Contract for Countywide Public Safety Radio System



    Upgraded system will provide improved coverage and help increase citizen
public safety
    

    
    TOWSON, Md., Feb. 23 /CNW/ -- Baltimore County Chief Information Officer,
Robert Stradling, announced today the County and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:   MOT)
have signed a contract for the deployment of a $45.1 million countywide
interoperable mission critical communications system.
    

    
    The upgraded mission critical voice and data system is designed to
provide seamless interoperable communications coverage throughout Baltimore
County. It will be used by County first responders, public safety agencies,
and public service users in emergencies such as accidents and natural
disasters, as well as daily operations. The Motorola system will utilize
Project 25 (P25) technology on Motorola ASTRO(TM) radios designed for the
robust 700/800 MHz dedicated public safety network.
    

    
    "This agreement begins the enhancement of a critically important asset as
we work to serve County residents and help save lives in times of
emergencies," said Stradling. "With a simple turn of the radio knob, a County
firefighter will be able to communicate seamlessly throughout the County and
with neighboring jurisdictions. Reliable communications mean a quicker
response time, which will help save lives and deliver time-sensitive
information during a crisis.
    

    
    "We look forward to working with Motorola to complete this project. We
have been very impressed with the hard work, dedication, flexibility and
quality of their project team and the very mature, best practices approach to
project and contract development lifecycle. We have a communications provider
we can rely on to work with us to get this interoperable mission critical
communications system implemented to support our future needs."
    

    
    Motorola's second generation trunked communications network will include
18 radio tower sites, a microwave transport backbone, a high performance data
system, 32 new dispatch console positions, 1,752 new subscribers, and upgrades
to 2,753 existing subscribers. The upgraded radio system will replace aging
equipment and provide more coverage, including inside buildings. Baltimore
County will continue to easily communicate with Anne Arundel, Carroll,
Harford, and Howard counties and Baltimore City - as well as other
jurisdictions across the state.
    

    
    "Motorola is committed to providing Baltimore County with the most
advanced, interoperable public safety communications system that will help
first responders communicate on a daily basis," said Debora Courtright, vice
president, Motorola Government and Public Safety Products Organization. "This
state-of-the-art mission critical radio system will provide Baltimore County
with advanced capabilities such as increased reliability, system redundancies
and P25 interoperability for agencies throughout the County."
    

    
    "Motorola has been working with public safety agencies throughout
Maryland for many years," Courtright said. "We look forward to continuing to
work together with Baltimore County to develop this important communications
project that will greatly benefit the safety and security of the County and
its citizens."
    

    
    In addition to leveraging existing subscribers and communication
infrastructure across the County, another benefit of the Baltimore County
system will also be interoperability with public safety communications systems
in neighboring counties and states, including Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.,
Delaware, Virginia, and New Jersey.
    

    About Motorola

    
    Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and
is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband
communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions
to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave
of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more
connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE:   MOT) had sales of US $30.1 billion
in 2008. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.
    

    
    MOTOROLA and the stylized MLogo are registered in the US Patent&Trademark
Office. All other productor service names are the property of their respective
owners. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2009. All rights reserved.
    



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For further information: Media, Steve Gorecki, +1-847-538-0368,
Steve.Gorecki@motorola.com, or Industry Analysts, Kathy Wiesner,
+1-847-875-0166, k.wiesner@motorola.com, both of Motorola, Inc. Web Site:
http://www.motorola.com

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