Motorola Joins Verizon in Pushing Florida Governor on SLERS Contract

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Motorola has joined Verizon in questioning Florida’s Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) budget. According to Urgent Communications, Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown put his company’s concerns in writing, cautioning Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that the current budget proposal would be bad for the state.

“Motorola Solutions asks that you again make the right decision for your citizens by vetoing specific line items in the FY 21-22 budget that gift a massive, long-term contract for the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) to the incumbent vendor without a competitive procurement process and without any analysis of whether it is the best system for Florida’s first responders,” Brown stated. He added, “Signing the budget with line items and provisos that were quietly negotiated between the incumbent vendor and the legislature will result in a bad deal for taxpayers and a dangerous situation for Florida’s first responders.” 

Motorola and Verizon claim that the current proposal would be a disservice to taxpayers and first responders, reported Urgent Communications. By awarding a 15-year no bid contract to AT&T, Motorola points out that taxpayers will miss out on financial breaks available through negotiated deals. Brown has also noted that the proposal also encourages first responders to buy all new equipment now instead of pacing themselves by replacing equipment over time and continually incorporating better technology. 

 “Florida’s citizens and first responders deserve better and are best served by the fair and competitive process under the current DMS ITN and not by wasteful legislative handouts,” Brown’s letter stated. “As a point of comparison, Motorola Solutions—the undisputed market leader—would provide a new, state-of-the-art P25 system and radios for substantially less than the $640 million the legislature is allotting to the no-bid maintenance and upgrade of SLERS.”

“The selection of mission-critical communications networks and devices is a matter of public safety,” he continued. “And we are evaluating all available options in the interest of Florida’s first responders and citizens.”

Florida officials, and L3Harris, the proposed provider of the radios for AT&T’s first responder network, have yet to issue a response.  

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