SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Jan. 19, 2012 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leader in the development of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, devices, applications and services, today commends the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) Authority on the approval of the build, operate, own and maintain (BOOM) agreement to build a 700 MHz public safety long-term evolution (LTE) network in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The agreement when executed will be a key step toward realizing the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) project, which will allow police, fire and other emergency services agencies across the area to access urgent data and collaborate in real-time via voice and video on a dedicated, fast and reliable broadband mission critical network. Funded in part by a $50.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Motorola will work closely with both the NTIA and Bay Area Public Safety Agencies to begin the build-out of a vastly improved emergency communication system for the Bay Area.
- BayWEB will provide a unified, mission critical multimedia broadband network for the Bay Area.
- With the completion of the project, BayWEB will help increase efficiency and safety in the field by providing public safety with invaluable strategic and tactical data, greater in-field productivity and real-time video information, all on demand and prioritized for first responders.
- With a private broadband network, public safety professionals will have highly secure, highly-reliable connectivity for emergencies, natural disaster and catastrophic events.
- Motorola and BayRICS focused on a full-scale interoperability approach to ensure LTE-based communications interoperate fully with the existing Project 25 standards-based networks used in the various participating counties in the Bay Area.
- The BayWEB project will support more than 100 sites across the Bay Area and will also lay the groundwork for future expansion to support additional areas and services.
Debora Courtright, vice president, North America Government Markets, Motorola Solutions
“The BOOM agreement approval is a significant step toward realizing the BayWEB project, which is due in large part to the hard work, collaboration and dedication of BayRICS members, the NTIA and public safety officials. I commend the tireless efforts of this group as we continue to work together to develop and deploy an innovative mission critical communication network to achieve true public safety interoperability. Motorola Solutions is committed to the successful completion of BayWEB, and we believe the project will be a long-term benefit to the safety of the seven million people in the Bay Area communities.”
Rich Lucia, chairman, BayRICS Authority and undersheriff, Alameda County, Calif.
"Months of collaborative work between governments and emergency responders from across the Bay Area will now result in our region having the most advanced public safety communications network in the nation. It will greatly assist our police, fire and EMS personnel with a state-of-the-art tool that will help them do their jobs more efficiently and more safely, and will also make all our region better prepared to respond in instances of crime, fire, terrorist attacks and natural disasters."
Greg Suhr, chief of police, San Francisco
“The BayWEB project is an essential tool for public safety across the Bay Area. BayWEB will provide the kind of interoperable communications that help to better protect our officers on the streets and help them keep our neighborhoods safe. This long overdue and greatly needed network will be one of the most advanced public safety communications systems in the nation available at this time.”
Steve Falk, president, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
“Business and labor agree that BayWEB is exactly the kind of innovative public-private partnership the region needs to enhance public safety communications and create jobs. Today’s overwhelming approval of the project by the BayRICS JPA demonstrates both the need for this system for public safety and also the strong resolve of our visionary public safety and political leaders throughout the Bay Area.”
Gary Delagnes, president, San Francisco Police Officers’ Association
“I am pleased that so many entities have chosen to participate in this exciting project and that the JPA members who voted ‘yes’ listened to their police officers in the field who overwhelmingly support this project. BayWEB will help make our officers safer and provide communications that will help us to be more responsive and efficient as we respond to and investigate crimes.”
Thomas P. O’Connor, president, Firefighters Local 798
“On behalf of firefighters across the region, we are pleased this important and long overdue system for the Bay Area is now on a clear track to become a reality. This means residents of our region will have greatly enhanced communications for their firefighters. We applaud the leaders who made this possible and for responding to the needs of those who serve.”
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