RACOM Wins St. Croix County, Wisconsin, Contract
St. Croix County, Wisconsin, officials selected and awarded a contract to Marshalltown, Iowa, RACOM Corporation for county public safety radio communications system improvements. The action followed a county request for proposals (RFP) issued in August 2016.
County personnel received five proposals from four vendors in response to their RFP. County Emergency Support Services staff and the consulting team determined that the RACOM proposal, which included nine radio control console positions manufactured by Avtec and a distributed simulcast radio system upgrade manufactured by Tait, was the most cost-effective and offered the best value. The contract award was in the amount of $2,015,750.
Emergency Support Services Director Stephen T’Kach said the RACOM proposal offered county personnel easy control of the new radio communications system from both primary and backup dispatch locations.
T’Kach explained that the RACOM very-high-frequency (VHF) radio solution, based on Tait TB9400 base stations, allowed county personnel to deploy a mixed analog and P25 digital voice radio network, providing redundant voting and master simulcast control for all upgraded channels.
T’Kach added that he expected RACOM personnel to deploy and test the new systems during the second quarter of 2017. This RACOM contract follows previously awarded county contracts for the new communication tower site facility construction and a microwave backbone upgrade earlier in 2016.
The RACOM proposal met county criteria for a graceful, cost-effective transition to a P25 operation as local agencies upgraded their mobile and portable radios with digital capabilities.