Today Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, announced full system acceptance of its CORP25 digital, trunked, P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network by the City of Richardson, Texas. System acceptance confirms delivery and full compliance of the turnkey, simulcast, Project 25 (P25)-based radio network according to the City’s operational requirements. The CORP25 solution includes hardware, software, system engineering, installation and optimization, as well as long-term Managed Services, and 7/24 maintenance and support. Already, the City has migrated all general government users onto the network and is preparing to cutover the public safety users next.
Selected to replace the City’s aging analog radio system, the new digital CORP25 solution is the industry’s only true non-proprietary P25 solution. One hundred percent standards-compliant, the interoperable CORP25 radio solution enabled the City of Richardson to fully utilize competitive procurements for its mobile and portable radios as well as other key network elements, allowing the City to choose best-in-class equipment from multiple vendors. This “unbundled” approach benefited the City in terms of both reduced costs and improved quality of all equipment—further reducing the total cost of ownership and increasing the overall economic value of the new network.
“Open standards enabled us to use new strategies in purchasing, which saved substantial amounts of money in comparison to the old fashioned, one vendor approach to purchasing,” said Steve Graves, chief information officer for the City of Richardson. “The CORP25 system is based on the purely open-standards model we were looking for, and the gear is compact, well-suited to our data-centric environment and of the highest quality.”
Graves goes on to say, “The proven cost-savings success of the Cassidian Communications solution and our procurement process definitely raises the bar on the flexibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of public safety communications systems, and, we believe, clears the way for all public safety agencies and organizations to demand interoperable, standards-based—and truly customer-focused—vendor solutions.”
Additionally, the CORP25 system is based on advanced IP technology, which allowed the City to easily integrate it into existing data networks and data centers without problem. Flexible and scalable, the Cassidian Communications radio solution offered the City of Richardson the power of true choice, simple and efficient network management and cost-effective migration to future applications and services.
“We are delighted to be technology partners with the City of Richardson as it leads the industry in this evolution of radio network procurement,” said Chuck Sackley, vice president and general manager for Cassidian Communications Land Mobile Radio. “The City of Richardson has demonstrated the true value of open and standard procurements, and has proven what responsible government can achieve on behalf of its taxpayers. It obtained a best-in-class solution for a fraction of the original cost estimates and was able to put those cost savings back into the community.”
A customer of Cassidian Communications since 1992, the City of Richardson already uses the company’s VESTA® emergency call processing solution, the MagIC™ management information solution, the ORION™ MapStar™ mapping solution and the REVERSE 911® emergency notification system. With the final acceptance of the CORP25 solution, Richardson’s public safety communications network is now ready to handle more than 7,000 calls in an average day.
About the City of Richardson (www.cor.net)
The City of Richardson is home to the Telecom Corridor® area, one of the largest concentrations of communications technology companies in the nation. The community hosts the University of Texas at Dallas – home of the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The school is known globally for its innovations in a vast array of technological advancement including nanotechnology and bioengineering, and the campus provides a valuable resource for the high-tech companies located in Richardson. The City of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, its rich history, and its access to quality education and its business friendly environment. Richardson offers a high quality of life and provides a convenient location in the Metroplex for access to regional destinations.
About Cassidian Communications (www.CassidianCommunications.com)
As the largest and most trusted source of mission critical communications solutions, Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is leading the way in standards-ba sed NG9-1-1 call center applications, notification solutions and services and P25 land mobile radio systems. Headquartered in Temecula, California.
About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.