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Scout Chosen to Power Next-Generation Communications System for Texas Police and Fire Departments

August 04, 2016 | by Tiffany Rushton


Lexington, SC – August 4, 2016 – Avtec Inc., the nation’s leading independent provider of mission-critical Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) dispatch consoles, has been awarded a contract to supply first responders in Roanoke, Texas with a new communications system. The Avtec Scout™ consoles, built on pure Internet Protocol (IP) technology, will form the foundation of a next-generation communications center currently being deployed for the police and fire departments in Roanoke.

First Choice Communications, the authorized Avtec dealer leading the deployment, will install a UHF P25 trunked radio solution that first responders will use to ensure public safety throughout Roanoke’s territory. Its coverage region includes the Texas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR and other auto racing events.

Connecting to the P25 backbone using open Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) standards, Scout consoles offer Roanoke’s first responders the opportunity to interface several radio systems for primary communications, as well as interoperability to other agencies and neighboring departments.

“Avtec was a logical choice to provide the consoles for Roanoke’s new communications center,” said Harry Maddox, director, wireless communications solutions, First Choice Communications. “Scout’s flexible, upgradable platform made it easy to choose the most appropriate components for Roanoke’s infrastructure, without any incompatibility concerns.”

In addition to Avtec’s Scout consoles, the completed, multi-vendor system will feature hardware and connectivity equipment, including:

  • Etherstack’s P25 trunking switch
  • Icom’s FR9010 repeaters, which are compatible with both analog FM mode and P25 digital mode
  • Tait Communications TM9455 P25 Phase 2 mobile UHF trunked radios with dual head remote mount mobiles; and TM9455 700/800MHZ dual remote head mount mobiles
  • Motorola APX™ 7000 UHF/700/800MHz multi-band portable radios
  • Harris XL200P multi-band portable radios
  • GE Microwave backup

About Avtec, Inc.
Avtec, Inc. provides pure Internet Protocol (IP) dispatch console solutions for the transportation, public safety, utility, business and industry, and government markets. For more than 35 years, customers have chosen Avtec’s award-winning technology for their mission-critical dispatch centers. There are thousands of Scout Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) consoles installed worldwide.

About First Choice Communications
First Choice Communications & Security Services is a provider of choice for state and local government, commercial, education, and healthcare entities for communication and security solutions supporting mission-critical operations. Visit www.firstchoicecom.com to learn more.

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