New E-911 radio system coming to Habersham

By |October 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Habersham County's E-911 dispatchers and first responders can look forward to receiving adequate radio technology in the near future as the county moves forward with the installation of a new radio system. The Habersham County Commission voted 4-0 at their Monday night commission meeting to purchase and take the next steps in bringing a new E-911 radio system from Communications International, Inc. to the county. Habersham's Dispatch crews and public safety have been working with an outdated radio system for some time, with technology issues and equipment that cannot be replaced due to its age. The current radio system also [...]

Newton County breaks ground on tower for incoming E-911 radio system

By |July 1st, 2021|Categories: In The News|

OXFORD, Ga. — Next summer, public safety radio dead spots across Newton County will be no more. County officials and first responders gathered outside Newton County Fire Station No. 9, located at 176 Mt. Zion Road in Oxford, on Thursday to break ground on the construction of the first of three towers that will help take the county’s public safety communications system to new heights. In June 2020, the Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Motorola for a new emergency radio system. Despite an initial estimate of $3.6 million, the radio system costs upwards of $14 million [...]

Countywide emergency radio system to be operational in early July

By |June 17th, 2021|Categories: In The News|

Despite project delays, the county’s new 800 MHz radio system from Motorola should be fully operational in early July — about two weeks ahead of schedule. Dennis Ward, senior project manager with TUSA Consulting Services which spearheaded the project, told county commissioners at their Wednesday, May 26, study session that the 800 MHz system’s final cost came in $11,000 over the original budget. Ward attributed the overage to construction of a 250-foot communications tower near the Wildwood Outdoor Education Center in southern Miami County that wasn’t part of the original design. The tower had to be constructed because the desired [...]

Salina City, county launching new emergency radio system Tuesday

By |June 10th, 2021|Categories: In The News|

After years of planning and collaboration, the new county-wide emergency radio system is almost live. The system is scheduled to launch at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, according to information provided this afternoon by local public safety agencies. The new digital 800-megahertz P25 radio system replaces analog UHF system that has been used for more than 20 years. The new system, which cost $7.7 million, allows emergency responders to communicate with each other and surrounding public safety agencies, including state agencies. The current system does not allow for direct communication  between agencies. In addition, this upgrade puts local public safety agencies [...]

Bentonville, Arkansas Approves Bond for New Radio System

By |May 13th, 2021|Categories: In The News|

BENTONVILLE -- The city wants to replace an aging radio system and add training facilities for police and fire personnel as part of a bond issue. Residents will be asked at a special election April 13 to approve up to $266 million in bonds by extending a 1% city sales tax. Included in the bond proposal is $6.6 million for the new radio system, $3.9 million for the fire training facility and $1.6 million for the police training building. Debbie Griffin, city community relations and economic development director, said she had not heard of any organized opposition to the bond [...]

What’s Covered Under Warranty

By |April 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

This story was previously published in Mission Critical Communications March 2016 by TUSA Consultant Dean Hart.   Detailed preventative maintenance plans and schedules are necessary for all components of a radio network from the start of warranty through end of life.   Once a new radio network is under construction; it is important to examine questions about the warranty or extended warranty. What will be covered during that warranty period? What levels and what schedule of preventative maintenance should be performed during the warranty period? What should the customer reasonably expect the warranty to exclude? What should the customer plan [...]

Emerging Video Technologies in the YouTube Generation

By |March 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Public Safety Video and the YouTube Generation This story was previously published in APCO’s PSC Magazine in January 2018 by TUSA Consultant Dennis Ward.   Public safety and law enforcement live in interesting times.  Ten years ago, the only video tools available were dash cameras and surveillance cameras.  Now we are seeing an explosion in video technology, including body cameras, drones, and video lasers.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.   Today, emerging technologies such as NextGen 9-1-1 and FirstNet are about to revolutionize the way public safety utilizes video, yet there is also a missing technology link that [...]

TUSA Vendor Show in Greenville, North Carolina

By |March 12th, 2021|Categories: In The News|

On March 3rd, 2021, TUSA Consulting coordinated a Subscriber Radio Vendor Show for the City of Greenville, North Carolina at the Eppes Recreation Center.  This show was designed to highlight new and upcoming subscriber features and capabilities.  It was also used to help the City identify how the next generation of radio devices can help their personnel perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Qualities such as durability, ergonomics, battery life, and other key metrics were critical to the City. Additional features such as High-Temperature ratings for Fire Services, Bluetooth accessory connectivity, LTE connectivity, and other future technologies also were [...]

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