Harris County Awards Motorola $4M LTE Expansion Contract (4/24/12)
Motorola Solutions was awarded a $4 million contract to expand the Harris County, Texas, public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) wide-area broadband network. Seven LTE sites will be added to the network for a total of 13 LTE sites delivering video and data capabilities along with expanded interoperability with the county’s Project 25 (P25) system.
The broadband system, which will comply with standards adopted for the national broadband plan, will provide increased communications initially for the port region and eventually throughout the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) region, a Motorola statement said. The county plans to add Motorola’s LEX 700 handhelds to the system when the LTE device begins shipping later this year.
Along with adding seven LTE sites, the Harris County broadband network will be expanded to include real-time video intelligence (RTVI) software, broadband push-to-talk (PTT) software and servers, LTE vehicle modems, mobile workstations and in-car digital video systems.
The first phase of the broadband network has been completed and accepted by Harris County. Motorola said the system meets the interoperability requirements of the Texas Department of Public Safety for a regional LTE network.
The existing LTE network is operational and providing wireless broadband service to vehicles, laptops and handheld devices. Real-time video, including streaming to vehicles and tablets and from vehicles to handheld devices, was among the applications demonstrated by Harris County earlier this month for officials throughout the county and region, including public-safety officials from Dallas-Fort Worth, Irving, Baytown and the state of Texas.
“An LTE solution that would allow us to leverage carrier networks for roaming and that could be integrated with our existing P25 LMR network was an important consideration,” said Robert Cavazos, director, broadband services, information technology-mobility for Harris County. “The goal is enhanced interoperability between our public safety and first responder networks and a robust broadband solution for public safety that would carry us well into the future.”
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