Harris has received a $10 million contract from Pittsylvania County, Va., to deploy a public safety digital communications system based on P25 Phase 2 standards. The Harris P25IP (Project 25 to the Power of Internet Protocol) 700 MHz radio system will provide secure and reliable communications for the more than 1,000 first responders across the county’s 978 square miles and will allow direct interoperability with neighboring jurisdictions, including local, state and federal agencies. This new system is one of the nation’s first P25 Phase 2 radio systems in deployment, bringing Pittsylvania County important additional functionality such as increased efficiency in spectrum use and enhanced interoperability capability.

Powered by the Harris VIDA network, the eight-tower site system will enable enhanced interoperable communication for Pittsylvania County first responders with surrounding agencies. The Harris P25IP system will be supported by 1,200 Harris mobile and portable radios, including the P7300 portable and the award-winning Unity XG-100P multi-band portable radio. The county also will deploy Harris’ trunked vehicular repeaters, powerful system tools capable of extending system coverage in both the 700 and 800 MHz frequencies.

The Harris VIDA 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.