Radio Communication System
The project includes a new radio system manufactured under the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Project 25 standard, or commonly known as “P25," that improves City of Bentonville interoperability, and also creates multi-agency communication on a shared radio channel.
The new radio technology supports the Bentonville firefighters and police officers with improved in-building coverage in our schools, hospitals, local businesses, and throughout our City.
The City of Bentonville Fire and Police Departments are currently using communications technology that no longer allows our first responders to have interoperability communications with local, regional, and state agencies during times of emergencies or when interoperability communications with these agencies are necessary. The new radio technology would create this interoperability and the potential partnership with the Arkansas Wireless Information Network, also known as AWIN. This allows responders to operate on the same radio channels in an emergency or as they travel throughout Arkansas.
Bentonville Fire and Police Departments will have direct interoperability with State agencies such as Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, and other Northwest Arkansas city and county agencies; Benton County, Rogers, Siloam Springs, all Benton County small City agencies dispatched by CENCOM, Springdale, Fayetteville, and Washington County. Non-public safety agencies will be able to share the same radio infrastructure helping to reduce the taxpayer burden in the City of Bentonville.
This system would include mobile and portable radios, dispatch consoles, tower site, communication towers, training and maintenance.