Improving Communications Interoperability Black & Veatch also assisted the County in the development of a Request for Quotes (RFQ) resulting in proposals from multiple vendors. Black & Veatch worked with the County’s project team in evaluating all of the system offerings, and supported the contract negotiation process. In October 2009, the County awarded a $45 million contract to the selected radio vendor. Black & Veatch provided assistance with the preliminary design for an early start, resource sharing negotiations with State of Maryland agencies, final system design, FCC licensing, PSIC grand administration and provided ongoing fulltime day to day project management and quality assurance for the County as well as provided subject matter experts for activities as required. Phased cutover for the microwave, data, and voice systems was also conducted to support the new 9-1-1 center construction providing an integrated emergency services communications delivery system. In 2016, Black & Veatch completed a Master Plan containing an evaluation of the current P25 and associated systems with recommendations to address new user requirements and technology not previously available to the County, and is currently providing consulting, engineering and project management services to implement an operating system upgrade and other system enhancements. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights Five Steps to a Successful NERC-CIP Low-Impact Assessment Recognizing the growing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the national power grid, the U.S. federal government is working to strengthen its protection of our critical infrastructure. To support this effort, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a NERC-CIP reliability standard that increases protections of less-critical assets. Here are five steps to a successful NERC-CIP low-impact assessment. Smarter, Safer Cities: Improving Public Safety Smart cities also can be “Safe Cities” through the integration of smart city and public safety initiatives. An estimated 20 Safe City pilot programs are underway across the United States, in addition to programs on nearly every continent, in cities such as Dubai, Singapore and London. How to Obtain the Best Consulting Support for Your Radio System Upgrade or Replacement U.S. cities and counties strive to improve mission critical communications, but selecting a land mobile radio system that is cost-competitive and meets current and future operational requirements can be a formidable task. The LMR to LTE Odyssey: Preparing for the Transformation FirstNet will be the first nationwide wireless broadband network committed to America's first responders. It will transform the public safety industry and trigger advancement from narrowband Land Mobile Radio technology to broadband Long-term evolution technology. Electric Utilities: Preparing for New Roles in the Smart City Transformation Electric utilities are facing a need and opportunity to transform their business due to the bidirectional nature of distributed generation and energy storage. Related Project Stories Shared Land Mobile Radio Solution Saves $2 Million Rockwall County, Texas, deployed a shared solution when they upgraded their land mobile radio (LMR) system. Through proper planning and execution, the project saved the county $2 million. Holistic Public Safety Radio and P25 System Upgrade Brings Long-Term Value Lake County, Illinois, partnered with Black & Veatch to assess, evaluate and develop their P25 radio system. Consolidated Network Improves Communications for Baltimore County Agencies Baltimore County, Maryland combined existing public safety and public works radio systems to improve communications capabilities for all County departments. First Responder Radio Upgrades Increase Coverage and Interoperability in City of Arvada The City of Arvada in central Colorado is developing two new communications sites in support of the city’s first responder P25 land mobile radio (LMR) system to service City of Arvada Public Safety and Public Works and Arvada Fire. Monterey County Next Generation Emergency Network (NGEN) Radio Monterey County, California, has implemented a consolidated radio communications system fostering state-of-the-art telecommunications technology to support county operations.