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County eyes its own radio system

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A new radio system could cost between $7 to $15 million

By Kirsten Laskey

A Department of Homeland Security grant could help the county council determine whether or not to invest millions of dollars in an upgrade of the county’s public safety communications system.

Los Alamos County Council voted 6-1 to approve a $68,775 New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management grant during a meeting in March.

Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the lone no vote.

The grant will be used to expand on a 2009 study that looked at optic fiber, broadband and radio, Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor told the Los Alamos Monitor. Crestino Telecommunications Solutions, a consulting firm based in Albuquerque, conducted the study under the county’s information and technology department.

Taylor said the consulting firm is now being asked to update the section regarding the county’s radio system and see if specifications from the original study are still valid.

He added the consultants will focus on the public safety radio communication and infrastructure as well as tweak the system’s users to include Los Alamos Public Schools.

Ultimately, the study would be used to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to radio vendors. Taylor said it would be realistic to have the RFP developed by the end of the year.


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