May 16, 2012 Katie Bailey/Carolina Public Press

Press release from Cassidian Communications, shared Oct. 28.

RICHARDSON, Texas — Today, Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, announced acceptance of its CORP25 digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network, by Buncombe County, N.C. for enhanced public safety communications and response. Covering a 660-square-mile area between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, including the city of Asheville, this new, 12-site network enables secure, reliable radio communication for the county’s first responders, as well as government and public-works users.

Selected to replace Buncombe County’s aging radio system, the CORP25 solution includes infrastructure, design, engineering, installation, long-term managed services, and 24/7 maintenance and support.

As a truly open, P25 standards compliant solution, Cassidian Communications’ CORP25 made it possible for the county to utilize competitive procurements for its mobile and portable radios as well as other key network elements. This “unbundled” approach allowed the county to reduce the total cost of ownership, increasing the overall economic value of the new network.

“We wanted a radio communications solution that would give us maximum flexibility to build the best network, with the best equipment, at the best price,” said Jerry VeHaun, director of emergency management, Buncombe County. “Cassidian Communications’ CORP25 system does all that and delivers the increased capacity, enhanced coverage and interoperability our public safety responders need.”

“Buncombe County is leading the movement in the procurement of land mobile radio networks, recognizing that an open, multi-vendor solution makes it possible for the county to get the right tools at the right price for its first responders,” said Francois Begaud, chief operating officer for Cassidian Communications Land Mobile Radio division.

“CORP25 delivers the improved spectral efficiency, increased capacity, enhanced coverage and interoperability necessary to support our deputies in the field,” said Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan. “In addition, this IP-based network will evolve with us as our needs change, keeping the county safely on the front edge of mission critical communications.”

Cassidian Communications continues to serve clients ranging from public safety operations to Fortune 1000 corporations to federal agencies. The company has more than 40 years of experience deploying 9-1-1 call processing solutions, notification solutions and digital trunked radio networks for first-responder organizations.

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