City of Boston Fire Department

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Boston, Massachusetts

Ross & Baruzzini performed an assessment of the current communication radio systems. Scope included evaluating the systems and providing a GAP analysis along with identifying deficiencies and required features and capabilities. In addition, the report recommended options and associated costs with an identification of cost sharing possibilities. The radio system upgrade would be a replacement of the existing system and not a new system. The ROI of a replacement system is more in the efficiencies and reliability of providing radio communications to firefighters and first responders then in a cost analysis. Cost was a consideration, however, in looking at ways to save by sharing of resources and upgrades that may have been performed by other Departments within the City. We developed an Assessment Report that presented our findings of the current radio system, identification of deficiencies and recommended options. We summarized the current regulatory environment with respect to UHF T-Band frequencies and what impacts there were if new bandwidth was required. We concluded our Assessment with a presentation to key Fire Department management personnel. Ross & Baruzzini was then retained to provide design assistance for a new conventional UHF radio system to support Fire Department services as well as to work with the Contractor on a new Personal Accountability Software system. The new system will increase the number of simulcast radio sites as well as voting receive sites. In addition, backhaul will improve through the use of fixed licensed microwave links to replace older analog wireline leased technology.

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