CalAmp (News - Alert) Corp. has been awarded a contract to supply the City of Buffalo, NY Emergency Services Department with a 700/800 MHz private mobile data network.
The contract calls on the company to deliver mobile and fixed radio infrastructure, system engineering, implementation and project management services.
Mike Zachan, general manager of Wireless Networks business at CalAmp, said the City of Buffalo has selected CalAmp for this public safety mobile communications network.
Governmental agencies and jurisdictions like Buffalo, he said, look to modernize their mission-critical communications infrastructure and prepare for the advent of the nationwide FirstNet LTE (News - Alert) public safety wireless network.
“As a result an integrated public and private radio network approach affords them the ability to bridge present and future capabilities with a single solution that is both versatile and affordable,” Zachan said.
According to the contract, CalAmp is expected to deploy its latest generation IP private mobile data system, an advanced communications network that includes CalAmp Paragon 4 base stations and 300 dual-band Gemini ADB mobile radio modems.
The project also includes services and software, expected to enable a multi-network roaming solution combining the private mobile date network with cellular broadband and other communications technologies.
The CalAmp IP-based mobile data system will replace an aging private data system to support a variety of vital public safety applications through a private-licensed data infrastructure, providing the Emergency Services Department complete control of all data communications.
“Replacing our current system with CalAmp's private data technology and multi-network solution will give us more reliable mobile data connectivity and seamless roaming throughout the City of Buffalo, helping us provide rapid delivery of life-saving fire and police services to more than 261,000 area residents,” said Robert Andrycha, supervisor of City of Buffalo Fire Department Communications.
Moreover, the system will allow remote access to federal, state and local databases and records and also other critical data for emergency first-responders in the field. “Once in place, we will have an emergency response communications system that can expand as our needs grow and allow us to take advantage of a number of communications technologies, including narrowband and broadband, when and where available,” Andrycha said.
This contract, through prime contractor United Radio, of East Syracuse, New York, is valued at $1.1 million. Company officials said the delivery is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be completed by mid-2013.
CalAmp develops and markets wireless communications solutions that deliver data connectivity services for critical networked communications and other applications.
Earlier in October, the company announced the deployment of its interoperable positive train control (PTC) system by Southern California Regional Rail Authority's (SCRRA) Metrolink commuter rail network.
Edited by Braden Becker