The Emergency Communications for British Columbia Incorporated (E-Comm) and its partners within the police, fire and ambulance services, have selected Motorola Solutions to supply radio infrastructure equipment and related services for the planned replacement of the regional emergency communications radio system.

The new radio system will be based on Motorola Solutions' ASTRO® Project 25 (P25) radio infrastructure for high-performance, secure and interoperable P25 communications for current and next generation police, fire and ambulance services. The P25 technology was endorsed by the Lower Mainland emergency services community following more than a year of consultation, analysis and testing. 

  • E-Comm anticipates the new radio system will be fully rolled out across Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford by the end of 2017.
  • Motorola Solutions was selected following a three-stage competitive procurement process for the supply of radio infrastructure equipment and related services. Selection occurred following evaluation and due-diligence assessment of proposals from multiple qualified vendors using a rigorous methodology incorporating independent external oversight. 
  • Motorola Solutions’ proposal was determined by the evaluation team to deliver the best value for E-Comm’s partner agencies from both technical and financial perspectives. Proposals were evaluated based on pre-determined criteria including more than 550 mandatory technical requirements and a lifecycle cost model. The contract covers the P25 radio infrastructure equipment and related services components of the NGRP and has a fixed-price value of $23.5 million, excluding taxes.
  • The new network design, incorporating enhanced service level and coverage requirements, has been developed by E-Comm, reviewed by Motorola Solutions and endorsed by police, fire and ambulance user representatives. Overall, the initiative is on track including the launching of a pilot in mid-2015.
  • With a planned service life of approximately 15 years, the current E-Comm wide-area radio system is used by all police departments and BC Emergency Health Services (BC Ambulance Service) in Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford, in addition to 12 fire departments in Metro Vancouver. More than 8,500 radios are in use generating more than ten-million transmissions each month.
David Guscott, president & CEO, E-Comm
“We are extremely eager to move forward on this significant public-safety infrastructure enhancement and are determined to continue to manage this major undertaking in a cost-effective, responsible and strategic manner on behalf of our Members and the men and women of emergency services. The program’s top priority is the protection of public and responder safety.”
George Krausz, president, Motorola Solutions Canada
“We understand the importance of providing E-Comm’s Member agencies with a state-of-the-art, robust, reliable solution designed to deliver superior field performance to maintain public and responder safety for many years to come. We are very pleased with the opportunity to work with the talented teams at E-Comm and its partner agencies to implement Motorola Solutions' ASTRO® Project 25 radio infrastructure for high-performance, secure and interoperable P25 communications for current and next generation police, fire and ambulance services.”
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