Otsego County, N.Y., in central New York state, is upgrading its communications system for emergency services. The county has awarded a contract to complete the upgrade to Houston–based Tait Communications. The contract is worth approximately $3 million. As part of the deal, Tait will provide a Quasi-Sync (QS²) simulcast system that will deliver emergency services with countywide coverage. Standard Quasi-Synch (QS2) simulcast solutions can provide a fast, reliable, wide-area all-informed broadcast network that uses the fewest possible frequencies.

The county will replace the fire department's aging low-band VHF conventional network, and upgrade the existing VHF conventional network that law enforcement agencies in the county use.

The new emergency communications network will operate on UHF for fire services and high band VHF for law enforcement and will also provide a simulcast VHF fire-paging channel. 

The increased radio coverage through the upgraded system will enhance safety for front line staff, the community and the many tourists who visit the county annually, says James Powers, Otsego County Public Safety Committee board member. The county seat of Otsego County is Cooperstown, N.Y., best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened in 1939. "We're happy to be working with Tait. They have listened to what we wanted, understood our challenges and presented a solution that is built around quality products. The system meets our requirements and fits within our budget," says Powers.

Tait Communications has provided communications solutions to public safety agencies in North America for more than thirty years. The firm is expanding its support services offerings in order to add more value to its communications solutions.

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