Motorola gives sole bid for radio upgrade

October 26, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County received only one bid by the Oct. 19 deadline on a project to upgrade its antiquated radio dispatch system, according to county officials.

The Emergency Services Operations agency wants to establish a new, 800 megahertz, high-tech communications system for police, fire and medic units and other government agencies. The system is expected to cost about $6 million, officials say.

The bid was received from Motorola Corp. Two other companies that initially showed an interest in bidding for the contract did not present their bids on time and requested an extension until December, according to J. Michael Evans, director of the county's Department of General Services.

The extension was denied.

The voluminous bid from Motorola was delivered in five large three-ring binders.

It will require a long time to evaluate the material and determine if it meets all the specifications of the contract, Mr. Evans told the county commissioners yesterday.

Howard S. "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations, said the replacement system is needed to eliminate the many "dead" spots around the county where emergency personnel cannot hear or communicate with the dispatcher.

Mr. Redman said the current system, part of which was installed in the 1950s, is inadequate, suffers from considerable interference and does not cover all areas of the county.

No date was given when the evaluation of Motorola's bid would be complete.

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