Cortland County Emergency Radio Project On Schedule & On Budget
Installation of Cortland County’s new multi-million dollar radio communications system is nearly complete. Initial test results of the system are meeting and exceeding expectations.
According to Scott Roman Director of Cortland County Emergency Response and Communications, the new radio equipment is up and running and the project vendor Motorola has a few more weeks of work including the installation of computers and related equipment.
Roman says the initial testing of the new network produced better than expected results, Motorola’s contract required that portable radios would work 95% of the time wherever they are in the county.. The system as built has nearly 99% coverage, there were some locations on Grout Brook Road in Scott where the radios did not work.
Roman says there are about 1700 radios that need to be installed in local police cars, fire trucks, buses, and highway department vehicles.
Roman expects the system will go live after November 1st , he expects to run both radio systems in tandem through January 1st take make sure the system and related changeovers occur seamlessly.
The new radio system cost $16 million dollars to build; the county received $10 million in state grants to fund the new system. Roman says the project is still under budget.