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Icom America and First Choice Communications Partner to Deliver UHF P25 Trunked Solution for City of Roanoke TX Police and Fire Departments

            

First Choice Communications, in partnership with Icom America, was awarded a UHF P25 trunked solution for the City of Roanoke Texas Police Department. The Roanoke Police Department, located in southern Denton County, is a support agency to the Texas Motor Speedway. Roanoke Police department is also a member of the Regional SWAT Team that includes the cities of Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, and Trophy Club.

First Choice will implement Icom America's infrastructure while leveraging Icom's partnership with Etherstack to provide the P25 Trunking Switch. First Choice will use Icom's FR9020 repeaters as the backbone to power the system. The P25 Radio Network includes Open Interfaces conforming to the ISSI and CSSI standards, which allows the Roanoke Police Department Network to connect to other regional P25 radio networks easing interoperability with other agencies.

First Choice used a multi-vendor approach to meet the needs of the police officers and fire department subscriber units. They integrated existing systems between the police and fire departments into the new Icom/Etherstack network. In this way, First Choice provided an affordable P25 trunking solution so that for the first time Chief Gary Johnson and his officers will have the ability to interoperate with all the other agencies from the console level to the subscriber level.

Chief Johnson stated, "We are excited about our choice for First Choice to provide the Icom/Etherstack Solution and can't wait for the implementation of the new system in July of 2016."

Harry Maddox, Director – First Choice Communications, confirmed that Factory Acceptance has been completed. Staging of the system in the First Choice facility is taking place now and the Network is on schedule for the July 2016 implementation and customer acceptance timeline.

Icom America Inc. is part of Icom International founded in 1954. Icom is a world leader in providing innovative communication products for land mobile, aviation, marine, and amateur radio markets.

First Choice Communications & Security Services is a provider of choice for state and local government, commercial, education, and healthcare entities for communication and security solutions supporting mission-critical operations.

Etherstack is a wireless technology company specializing in developing, manufacturing, and licensing mission critical radio technologies for wireless equipment manufacturers and network operators around the globe.

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