St Louis County signs $75 million contract with Motorola

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Jun 6, 2007
St Louis County signed a contract with Motorola for a new $75 million digital radio system with 9,000 radios. No word on whether or not it will be interoperable with the City of St Louis system.

County Executive Charlie Dooley signs contract with Motorla Solutions |

St. Louis County (KSDK) - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley signed a $75 million contract Thursday with Motorola Solutions.

The contract allows modern interoperable radio communications for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and essential local government agencies throughout St. Louis County.

Currently, emergency response agencies operate on their own individual radio systems, which makes coordination for daily work and emergency incidents difficult.

In November 2009, voters passed an Emergency Communications Sales Tax of one-tenth of a cent which provided funding for the St. Louis County Emergency Communications Commission to move forward with a plan to bring over 150 agencies and organizations under a single radio umbrella, which will allow them to communicate by radio with each other.

"This new communications system will end a troubling problem in our emergency communications system," said Dooley. "Every emergency response agency in the region will be able to speak to one another 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in any conditions. When you're reacting to an emergency or disaster, timely communication between agencies can mean the difference between life and death."

Motorola will now work with the county to design, build, deploy, and operate one of the largest local radio systems in the Midwest.

The network will include over 9,000 digital vehicle-mounted and handheld radios.
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