M/A-COM to build Va. comm system

Rockingham County, Virginia

Officials in a Virginia county and city have awarded M/A-COM an $18.9 million contract to create an interoperable communications system for their public safety agencies.

In collaboration with the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Emergency Communications Center, officials at the company, which is a business unit of Tyco Electronics, will build an 800 MHz Enhanced Digital Access Communications System IP network backbone adhering to Project 25 communication standards. The new system would replace conventional low-band and UHF systems that provide limited coverage.

"For the first time, the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County's police, sheriff, fire and emergency medical first-responders will be able to talk to one another and coordinate with other city and county service agencies on a single communications system

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