Harris Corp. was awarded a $15 million contract to design and deploy a new public-safety radio system that will improve coverage, reliability and communication interoperability between local, county, state and federal first responders within the county of Monterey, Calif.

The Harris P25IP VHF system will provide coverage throughout Monterey County – which spans an area of more than 3,300 square miles and is home to 425,000 residents. The solution includes the Harris Unity XG-100 portable and mobile full-spectrum multiband radio , which includes Bluetooth capability, Harris noise-suppression technology, and encryption.

The Harris P25IP system is part of the VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data and Access) network, which provides network-level interoperable communications with other public safety agencies. The system will consist of a P25IP trunked VHF network with a conventional analog system overlay. In addition, Harris also will deploy a P25IP trunked 700 MHz sub-system to meet the county’s specified requirements within both the city of Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula Area.

The Harris VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data and Access) network platform is a unified IP-based voice and data communication system based on APCO P25 industry standards. VIDA delivers full IP management features, including interoperability without intervention of console operators; IP consoles; and other benefits inherent in open IP architecture systems. The new P25 system complies with both the current P25 Phase 1 standard and the emerging P25 Phase 2 industry standard.