Buncombe County replaces radio communication system

Here’s the press release from Cassidian Communications:

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, announced acceptance of its CORP25 digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network, by Buncombe County, N.C. for enhanced public safety communications and response. Covering a 660 square-mile area between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, including the city of Asheville, this new, 12-site network enables secure, reliable radio communication for the county’s first responders, as well as government and public works users.

Selected to replace Buncombe County’s aging radio system, the CORP25 solution includes infrastructure, design, engineering, installation, long-term managed services, and 24/7 maintenance and support. As a truly open, P25 standards compliant solution, Cassidian Communications’ CORP25 made it possible for the county to utilize competitive procurements for its mobile and portable radios as well as other key network elements. This “unbundled” approach allowed the county to reduce the total cost of ownership, increasing the overall economic value of the new network.

“We wanted a radio communications solution that would give us maximum flexibility to build the best network, with the best equipment, at the best price,” said Jerry VeHaun, director of emergency management, Buncombe County. “Cassidian Communications’ CORP25 system does all that and delivers the increased capacity, enhanced coverage and interoperability our public safety responders need.”

“Buncombe County is leading the movement in the procurement of land mobile radio networks, recognizing that an open, multi-vendor solution makes it possible for the county to get the right tools at the right price for its first responders,” said Francois Begaud, chief operating officer for Cassidian Communications Land Mobile Radio division.

“CORP25 delivers the improved spectral efficiency, increased capacity, enhanced coverage and interoperability necessary to support our deputies in the field,” said Sheriff Van Duncan, Buncombe County. “In addition, this IP-based network will evolve with us as our needs change, keeping the county safely on the front edge of mission critical communications.”

Cassidian Communications continues to serve clients ranging from public safety operations to Fortune 1000 corporations to federal agencies. The company has more than 40 years of experience deploying 9-1-1 call processing solutions, notification solutions and digital trunked radio networks for first-responder organizations.

About Buncombe County (www.buncombecounty.org)
Nestled in between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains for more than 200 years, Buncombe County has transformed from a rural farming area to a burgeoning metropolis with cities frequently listed as “Top Ten” places to live. With a population of more than 230,000 and an area of 660 square miles, Buncombe County is home to numerous parks, lakes, streams, and other outdoor attractions as well as neighborhoods and communities rich with culture.

Buncombe County government has an average of 1,400 employees who serve as firemen, sheriff deputies, social workers, librarians, emergency medical workers, landfill technicians, agriculture extension agents, lifeguards, planners, tax assessors and administrators all working to insure a high quality of life for all residents and visitors.

About Cassidian Communications (www.CassidianCommunications.com)
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies, including NG9-1-1 call taking systems, emergency notification solutions and services, and P25 land mobile radio networks and LTE. For over four decades, Cassidian Communications has upheld its promise to keep people connected when it matters most, consistently designing solutions with an open mind and creating smarter, more effective ways to ensure communities are safe. For Cassidian Communications, CRITICAL MATTERS™. The company is headquartered in Temecula, Calif., with facilities located in Richardson, Texas, Franklin, Tenn. and Gatineau, Quebec.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)

EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.


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