Cameron County switching to digital two-way radio system
BROWNSVILLE, TX — Ahead of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deadline to make interoperability communication technology improvements, Cameron County transitioned this morning its two-way radio communication system, which is used by County of Cameron first responders, from analog to digital frequencies.
By complying with the FCC’s “Project 25” (P25) standards, the improvements will enable county public safety responders to better communicate with each other and, other multi-agencies, and thus, achieve enhanced coordination, timely response, and efficient and effective use of communications equipment. Digital improvements include the capability to expand the geographic range, allowing intra-agency and interagency communication throughout the three-county region of Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy. The outdated analog system would have only allowed a range limited to the proximity of county radio towers.
“When it comes to emergencies, our first responders need state-of-the-art technology to improve officer safety and community safety,” stated County Judge Carlos H. Cascos. “These upgrades will meet their critical communication needs and comply with the FCC.”
“The transition from analog to digital will bolster our county’s critical communication capabilities,” said Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator Humberto Barrera.
Work on this project began in earnest on May 2012 with the Commissioners’ Court approval of a plan to purchase digital-capable, dispatch console equipment as well as two-way, digital-capable portable and mobile radio equipment.
- Phase 1= Approval by County Commission for the purchase of equipment, software and hardware
- Phase 2=Installation of the new consoles, software and hardware.
Phase 3=Installation and activation of mobile and portable two-way radios from analog to digital.