Intrado announced that Maricopa Region 911—which supports 26 public-safety answering points that serve the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s office, as well as the Phoenix police and fire departments—will replace its legacy analog call-handling system.

The agency, which has been an Intrado customer for the past seven years, will install the Viper, Power 911 and Power MIS IP-based solutions, which are compatible with the National Emergency Number Association’s i3 next-generation 911 standards. The upgrade will affect 41 call-taking positions in four PSAPs, Intrado said.

In other news:

OtterBox recently introduced the Defender and Commuter series of protective smartphone cases, which are available for the Samsung Galaxy S III, the HTC One X and the Nokia Lumia 900. The Defender series is the more rugged, featuring a high-impact polycarbonate shell, a protective screen covering and silicone plugs that keep access points free of dust and dirt. Meanwhile, the Commuter series features a slim profile that makes it easy to slip the device in and out of pockets.

Also, OtterBox announced that Brian Thomas, who has been serving as president, has been named CEO, while founder Curt Richardson has become the company’s chairman.

ReliOn unveiled two new fuel cells, the E-1000x and E-2200x, which are rated at 1,000 and 2,200 watts, respectively. They are designed for high-duty-cycle applications in areas where electrical grids are either less reliable or nonexistent. The E-1000x platform is targeted for power requirements ranging from 500 watts to 4 kilowatts, while the E-2200x can handle power requirements up to 8.8 kilowatts.

Daniels Electronics recently announced that its Project 25 voting system now supports P25 simulcast operation, as well as analog voting. In addition, the company announced an ISSI-capable trunking solution that allows agencies to build small multi-site networks; it also can be used by larger agencies to provide an open ISSI interface that can be leveraged to fill coverage gaps in dead zones or at the network edge.

Daniels also said that it received a five-year contract from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to provide digital radio systems that will be used by various government agencies for system upgrades. Also, the company announced the dates for its five-city P25 training road show. They are as follows: Halifax on Sept. 24; Ottawa on Sept. 25; Toronto on Sept. 26; Edmonton on Sept. 27; and Vancouver on Sept. 29. Finally, Daniels said that it has received FCC and IC compliance for its MT-4E radios that operate in the 896 MHz – 960 MHz band.v