Lawrence County P25 Digital Radio Project

Project Overview



Introduction

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania (County), invites a proposal from qualified vendors for the provision of a Very high frequency (VHF) Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) Project 25 (P25) radio communications system to support mission critical communications within the county. The proposed communications system shall provide enhanced, two-way wireless communications capabilities to all users.

 

Background

The present Lawrence County communications system has seven primary VHF conventional channels spread across eight radio sites. The system operates in the narrowband analog mode with voted receivers. The County first began transition to VHF high band in 1989. Channels for both police and fire were converted to VHF high band by 1994, and the emergency medical services (EMS) repeater was added to the system in 2005.

 

While components of the system have been replaced over time, the system as it stands today is over 15 years old with a technology that is over 30 years old. Lawrence County has updated the system to provide improvements in coverage where possible, including the addition of remote receivers and additional transmitter sites. However, the present system configuration is limited and it is clear that the needs of first responders have surpassed the capabilities that the system can provide.

 

The County underwent a federally mandated narrowbanding of the system, which resulted in a decrease of channel bandwidth. The bandwidth reduction resulted in a relatively minor reduction in coverage. Because coverage on the system is already limited, the update further exposed the limits of the communications system.

 

The goal of this project is to implement recommendations identified in a recent communications assessment. The project includes several key components. Vendors may respond to all or some of the following components. Vendors offering turnkey solutions should respond to all components.

 

  • Construction of a countywide radio system that will include:

    • VHF P25 trunking network that will support first responders within Lawrence County

    • Construction of a countywide VHF simulcast tone and voice paging system

    • P25 consoles

    • Conventional interoperability radio overlay

  • Construction of a microwave network that will provide radio system backhaul for P25 traffic at each site

  • Purchase of P25 Phase I subscriber units

  • Site construction/improvements

 

Overview

Proposals needed to be received by March 12, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. local time. Proposals received after this time will not be considered.


The RFP process has concluded and Lawrence County is currently evaluating the proposals received.


Respondents may submit questions to the County in either written or electronic format to radioproject@leoc.net (e-mail).  The County contact for submission of written technical questions is:

 

Attention: Jeff Parish

Lawrence County Department of Public Safety

110 East Lincoln Avenue

New Castle, PA 16101




As questions were received from potential respondents and answered by Lawrence County, they were compiled into addenda to the original RFP release.  Addenda arebe posted here (see file list below).

Addenda Issued:
  1. Addendum #1 - Issued 1/6/2014
  2. McConnell's Mills Shape File (compressed ZIP) - Issued 1/22/2014
  3. Addendum #2 - Issued 1/23/2014
  4. Pre Proposal Sign-In Sheet - Issued 1/23/2014
  5. Addendum #3 - Issued 2/7/2014
  6. Addendum #4 - Issued 2/24/2014
  7. Updated Appendix D (Mandatory Submittals) - Issued 2/24/2014
  8. Addendum #5  - Issued 3/5/2014
  9. Addendum #6 (Letter RE Paging Clarification) - Issued 3/5/2014
  10. Updated Appendix D (Mandatory Submittals XLSX file) - Issued 3/5/2014
  11. Updated Appendix D (Mandatory Submittals v3 XLSX file--fixed dropdown menu item) - Issued 3/6/2014


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