Region 2000 Radio Communications Board awards $11.7 million contract to Harris Corp.

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The Region 2000 Radio Communications Board has awarded the Harris Corp. a contract worth nearly $12 million to replace the Lynchburg area’s 15-year-old public safety radio system.
The aging system serves the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst and Bedford. 

The enhanced system is designed to be more efficient and cost-effective and will include three new communication towers as well as moving some of the 11 existing towers to improve signals in areas where service is difficult. The radios also will be updated from analog to digital, allowing for clearer communication, said Gary Roakes, director of public safety for Amherst County and chair of the Region 2000 Communications Board. The new system is expected to be in place by the early part of 2014.

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