IRVING, TEXAS – March 14, 2016 – EF Johnson Technologies, Inc., P25 specialist for JVCKENWOOD Corporation, has successfully implemented an ATLAS P25 system solution to provide county-wide critical communications for Lewis County including the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, dispatch center, fire and emergency services, Lowville Village Police, NY State Police and forest rangers.

Lewis County previously operated on an antiquated, unreliable VHF analog system with limited coverage. Cheryl LaLonde, Lewis County Dispatch Supervisor said, “We had very poor coverage. On a good day, we had 50-60% coverage throughout the county. We upgraded to the new ATLAS P25 compliant system to deliver reliable, county-wide coverage and interoperability.”

The 9-site, ATLAS P25 trunked simulcast UHF system provides coverage across the 1,290 square mile county. Design, installation, commissioning, warranty and maintenance services were also provided as part of the solution. One of the most attractive features of the ATLAS solution was the flat, no-license-fee business model and upfront knowledge of total cost of ownership. Legislator Jerry King, Chairman of the Legislative Courts and Law Enforcement Committee said, “The ATLAS solution was not only the best fit for us, but it was also the best price of the proposals that were received. This system will greatly improve the communications for our first responders while allowing us to be fiscally responsible to our citizens.”

Lewis County also purchased StarGate® dispatch consoles as well as 500 Viking® portable and ES mobile radios. The county Undersheriff, Jim Monnat, said, “Sheriff Carpinelli and I live about 65 miles apart and we can speak to each other clear as day on our new hand-held radios - that’s impressive.”

Ryan Cooke, Vice-President of Service Solutions, EFJohnson said, “Our mission is to deliver effective P25 critical communications solutions to our customers and I am pleased to announce the successful deployment of yet another ATLAS P25 system. We understand that system upgrades are not one-size-fits-all. We worked with Lewis County every step of the way to provide the solution that met their specific needs and budget requirements.”

Formal coverage testing and acceptance of the system is scheduled for later this year at full foliage conditions.