The Harris P25IP (Project 25 to the Power of Internet Protocol) system is an IP-based network that provides reliable and secure interoperability communications at the network level using P25 standards with Project 25 ISSI and NetworkFirst, or at the subscriber level by incorporating multi-mode radios.
By combining the P25 standard and the advanced functionality of the VIDA Core Network, P25IP is a cost-effective solution that is easily scalable to meet the needs of changing technologies. The multi-node radios support several different wireless protocols and analog conventional, allowing gradual migration from legacy systems to P25 systems.
To meet the requirements of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, Harris developed VIDA Broadband Long Term Evolution (LTE), a complete 700 MHz private broadband network based on the 3GPP LTE cellular technology. Designed exclusively for public safety, it offers broadband mission-critical communications for first responders by allowing direct connection of Harris VIDA-based LMR and the LTE systems into a single multi-band, multi-node communication network.
VIDA Broadband LTE comprises several key elements. The VIDA Core Network provides packet routing, mobility management and service provisioning capabilities to users on the network. Wireless coverage is provided with an LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), and integrated multi-agency network administration gives users both broadband data and public safety voice capabilities simultaneously. Network management servers and consoles monitor the performance and status of the network devices.
Harris Corp. recently received a $9 million contract from Ontario County, N.Y., to upgrade its public safety communications system. The Harris P25IP system will provide interoperable communications to approximately 2,500 first responders in a 662-square-mile area. Using the Harris VIDA network, the County's P25IP trunked system will replace the existing analog infrastructure with digital audio quality for clearer communications and enhanced coverage. The robust VIDA network will provide regional interoperability, allowing other agencies and counties to connect directly or via gateways to the network.
According to Sam Casella, county supervisor and chairman of the Ontario County Public Safety Committee, the county evaluated many different alternatives before making a decision. "We chose Harris because we believe its solution will meet both our current and future communication needs. The Harris P25IP system underscores our commitment to deliver the highest quality communications system available to our community."
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