Gainesville Regional Utilities Extends Federal Engineering Contract to Support Radio System Implementation
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, January 8, 2018 — GRUCom, the telecommunications division of Gainesville Regional Utilities in Gainesville, Florida has extended the Federal Engineering, Inc. (FE) contract to provide technical support during the upgrade of its current radio communications system to an interoperable P25 system. GRUCom Wireless Services provides portable and mobile radio coverage to public safety agencies and Governmental entities throughout Alachua County. The GRUCom public safety radio system began operation in 2000.
“Federal Engineering personnel have been providing radio technical consulting to GRUCom for over 10 years,” said Mr. Lewis Walton Chief Business Services Officer for GRU. “They have done an outstanding job helping us to develop a plan to upgrade our existing legacy system and assisting with contract negotiations with the radio equipment vendor. We consider them a valued partner and look forward to working with FE during the implementation phase of this important project.”
Mr. Brad Barber, Director at FE provided a brief overview of the project: “We will provide a wide range of services to GRUCom to deliver a successful radio system upgrade including:
- Overall project management
- Detailed review of the radio system vendor’s design
- Assessment of the delivered equipment for contract compliance
- Staging inspections and testing
- Subscriber radio template guidance
- Coverage testing review
- System optimization assessment
- Delivered documentation review
- Cutover support guidance
- Final system acceptance testing
Because of our many years of experience with GRUCom, and our multiple projects in Florida, we understand the unique needs of GRUCom and what it will take to implement a successful radio system upgrade.”
Federal Engineering is a leading, nationwide firm providing analysis, design, procurement, and implementation support for NG9-1-1, PSAPs, ECCs, and EOCs. These services complement FE’s wide range of consulting services in public safety and public service communications involving LTE as well as traditional VHF, UHF, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, and 4.9GHz mobile radio systems. FE also supports FirstNet planning in anticipation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Since 1983, FE has completed thousands of communications projects for 46 state governments, as well as numerous local and federal government clients.
In addition to its public sector work, Federal Engineering provides design and implementation support services for voice, data, and video networks used in the transportation, utilities, aerospace, finance, education, publishing, and computer services industries. FE’s certified independence ensures that clients receive objective, unbiased consulting services that are not influenced by any particular technology or vendor.