New police radio system survives Veto-Pen
government Ron DeSantis signed the 2021-22 state budget, thereby approving a controversial treaty to rebuild the state’s police radio system.
The budget will donate US $ 165 million to the radio company L3Harris this year to support the Nationwide law enforcement radio system. It also approves $ 31.5 million a year to fund the system for the next 15 years – $ 19 million will go to the Melbourne-based company to monitor the system and $ 12.5 million to the radio masts paid.
“L3Harris Technologies commends Governor Ron DeSantis, Senate President Wilton Simpson and house speaker Chris Sprowls for supporting Florida’s fiscal year 2021-2022 budget today, which includes funding the maintenance and modernization of the statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) to show their support for first responders, “said an L3Harris spokesman.
The contract comes after a lengthy procurement process in which Motorola Solutions won the tender process for the construction of the next-generation SLERS.
After Motorola Solutions received the order from L3Harris has challenged the procurement in court while holding the radio towers that underpin SLERS hostage. A court upheld their right to do so because the company, formerly known as Harris Corp. was known, despite the state-built towers, had a long-term lease that gave him exclusive control of the towers.
The lawsuit effectively nullified the deal between Motorola Solutions and the Department of Management Services and the much-needed SLERS upgrade was in the balance since.
The current SLERS contract was supposed to expire this year, so lawmakers were under pressure to step in and make a deal, otherwise the radio system – which is already running on outdated technology – would be completely rudderless.
Initially, it seemed like lawmakers were playing hard to pull the SLERS project out of purgatory. The Senate budget officers originally stopped all funds for SLERS with the Senate President Wilton Simpson say the chamber “would not negotiate under duress. “
However, it was the Senate who cited the mandate to hand over the contract to L3Harris, including the cheap contract payments in the budget reserve.
Still, Motorola Solutions fought hard for a veto until the date of signature, citing the unprecedented nature of the budget agreement that completely bypasses the procurement process.
The new SLERS expansion should begin in 2020. The system is “a single, unified digital wireless network that meets the wireless voice communication needs of state law enforcement and other participating agencies across the state,” according to the DMS website.
The next generation iteration is based on the open source delivery methodology “Project 25 Phase II” or P25.