Massachusetts awards statewide radio upgrade to Motorola Solutions

The state hired Motorola to upgrade 86 radio sites over the next four years, boosting technology used by state and local law enforcement.
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Massachusetts officials announced Wednesday that Motorola Solutions has been awarded a contract to upgrade the commonwealth’s statewide radio network to meet modern standards.

The state hired Motorola Solutions to upgrade 86 radio sites over the next four years, swapping out communications equipment, electronic shelters, HVAC systems and generators relied upon by the Massachusetts State Police and another 245 state, local and regional law enforcement agencies. A spokesperson from the state’s technology office told StateScoop the contract is valued at $98 million, constituting the majority of a $125 million telecommunications upgrade project currently underway.

The upgrade is set to replace a legacy radio platform with one that adheres to Project 25, or P25 standards, an evolving standards process advocated by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials that prioritizes backwards compatibility and industry competition.

Curt Wood, the state’s chief information officer and secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security, which is heading the project, in a press release called the project “important.” Along with the state technology office, the project is being managed by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Massachusetts State Police.


“As a longtime public safety official and head of the lead technology agency of the Commonwealth, I know firsthand how valuable this investment into our public safety communications infrastructure is,” Wood said. 

The state’s existing radio network, the the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Interoperable Radio System, or CoMIRS, runs about 30,000 active radios. Officials said Motorola was selected in part because of its commitment to “seamless integration with partner systems” and the potential to expand the network to be used by more agencies.

“The CoMIRS project will include several major recurring activities, including, but not limited to, environmental and interference studies, site infrastructure improvements, fleet mapping, radio system installation, radio replacements, system and coverage testing and user training,” the state’s announcement reads.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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