FE assists with Santa Barbara's public safety radio system

Thursday, 01 March, 2018

FE assists with Santa Barbara's public safety radio system

Federal Engineering Inc. (FE) has been awarded a contract to provide consulting services in relation to the replacement of the public safety radio system in the County of Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara has a diverse radiocommunications environment, with several different land mobile radio systems deployed to meet specific operational needs of County departments.

These systems are in different stages of their life cycle and have varying technologies and capabilities.

“Santa Barbara must replace the public safety radio system as it is nearing end-of-life,” said Carl Thornton, Communications Manager for the County.

“The replacement system must meet public safety standards for performance and reliability and provide robust radio communications for the next 10–20 years. The County would also like to determine options for the County’s non-public safety users (such as public works, public health, parks, general services, City of Goleta) as the system that they use needs to be replaced within the next 5–10 years.”

The goal is to have FE assess all of the existing land mobile radio systems owned and operated by the County, provide detailed recommendations on a next-generation system and develop a project plan to implement the new system.

The County has also asked FE to provide technical and project management support during the system procurement phase and optionally during the implementation phase of the public safety radio replacement project.

“We understand the diverse missions of first responders and the importance of a reliable radio network which provides good coverage,” said Rajit Jhaver, director at FE.

“FE will apply the knowledge gained in over 1000 projects and our experiences supporting the unique needs of first responders in California to bring Santa Barbara a practical, affordable system that can be implemented at minimal risk.”

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