Los Angeles County has announced that it has signed a $12.5 million contract to have Raytheon replace its aging dispatch consoles with twin-screen equipment that is expected to enhance fire and sheriff dispatchers’ ability to quickly make the most-effective resource decisions and improve interoperability.

The upgrade to LA County’s dispatch consoles has been needed for some time, said Bob Sedita, a member of the customer-advocacy group for Raytheon’s public-safety and security business who used to work with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“Both the fire department and the sheriff’s department in LA County have been using dispatch consoles that are somewhat aged — some components of the dispatch system go all the way back to the late 1980s, with the original system,” Sedita said. “So, some of the stuff is really old and hard to repair, or even service.”

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