Radio Upgrade Blows Into the Cape

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Thanks to a grant from the State 911 Department, the emergency radio system in Dukes County, Massachusetts will receive a major overhaul in 2020, reports CapeCodToday.com. Dukes County Sheriff Robert Ogden announced the Developmental Grant of $1,726,249 that will allow the Cape Cod community to modernize its public safety radio equipment.

A $1,500,000 grant received in early 2019, got the process started; the new grant will kick off the next phase. 

Phase 1 concentrated on negotiations to establish and build the tower sites. It also set in motion the engineering needed to connect all the towns on the island.  

Sheriff Ogden described the next step as “Phase 2, or ‘the meat and potatoes’ of the upgrade, to establish the interconnection between the sites and Regional Emergency Communication Center, known as backhauling, as well as harden the sites, including establishing power supply systems.” First responder communications channels for police, fire and emergency services will also be installed during Phase 2.

Phase 3 will fund new portable mobile radios. First responders are currently using equipment that has been in place since the 1980’s, according to CapeCodToday.com. The new technology will allow agencies across the island and the state a reliable and efficient way to communicate with each other. “This is what we are pouring the foundation for now – critical safety for first responders and for our community as a whole,” said Deputy Anthony Gould, Telecommunicator and internal project manager.  

October 3, 2019   

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