City works to get LRT, police connected to Ottawa’s delayed radio system

City works to get LRT, police connected to Ottawa’s delayed radio system

The Dunrobin tornado might be a prime example of why the city needs to get a new radio system completely implemented for emergency responders who use the municipal communications network.

The Ottawa Police Service is the last large user group that still needs to be switched to the new radio system and unplug from a rickety legacy system.

The full rollout to police is still a few months away. It’s one of two big priorities, with the city also making sure there are seamless radio communications for opening day of the Confederation Line LRT, loosely scheduled for sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

The city expected to transition nearly 6,000 users to the new Bell-supplied radio system in 2015, but the work isn’t done. The legacy system still used by police, dating back to the mid-1990s, was declared at the end of its life in 2015.

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