Calhoun sends inks for $14.5 million contract system and radio upgrades


The Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority on Tuesday signed a $14.5 million deal with Motorola for system and radio upgrades.

The 10-year contract came after voters approved a 911 mileage in August that generates about $3.9 million a year to support 911 services across the county.

Thanks to the agreement with Motorola, four new towers will be built, bringing to six the total number of CCCDA towers for the new simulcast system, which operates on 10 communication channels. CCCDA will purchase 413 portable radios, 167 mobile radios and 400 pagers. Ten monitoring stations will be installed within public security agencies, and new software will be added that will update devices via Wi-Fi.

“This proposal responds to the current communications challenges facing the 911 communications ecosystem in Calhoun County,” CCCDA Executive Director Michael Armitage said in a statement detailing the agreement. “With voter approval in August, we are taking the first steps to improve communications between emergency and dispatch agencies, which will lead to safer conditions for all residents.

This lease-purchase agreement with Motorola should give CCCDA the opportunity to explore bonding options, possibly with the county. It will take two years to build the system. This is part of Phase 1 of CCCDA’s strategic plan to improve communications technology, improving tower infrastructure and law enforcement radios, according to the authority’s announcement on the agreement with Motorola.

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley


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