Project 25 Radio Network Upgrade
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Howard County, Md., MD
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Information Technology (Best in Category)
The Howard County Radio Team completed an expansive overhaul of its radio system. It replaced its core and 911 radio console and Public Safety portable radio, re-engineered its radio site, and completed a cutover. In the impressive engineering phase, the team took a 15-channel trunked radio system to a 20-channel trunked radio system, adding 25% more capacity to the operations. They moved the network from a Microwave T-1 platform to a robust IP network on fiber. Having fiber at each site with redundant fiber paths provided a quicker response to transmit and receive voice traffic. This also enhanced reliability of system uptime and eliminated issues from weather conditions. The team brought new features on-line to enhance the reliability for all users on Howard Countyâs P-25 radio network such as: system refresh to include software upgrade and firmware along all platforms, GPS to 911 CAD, over the air programming, Radio manager server to manage radio programming, Wave/Critical connect to allow users outside radio coverage area to communicate with 911, all radios in network to APX series of radios, removal of older XTS and Spectra Plus radios.