Lynchburg, VA - The Region 2000 Radio Communications Board held a news conference Thursday to announce an $11.7 million contract with Harris Corporation.
It will replace the current public safety radio systems in Amherst County, Bedford County and the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg.
The contract also includes building three new radio towers in Bedford and Amherst Counties to provide more coverage.
Officials say the biggest draw is that the new P25 technology is compatible with any other radio system.
"During 9/11 a huge problem was uncovered that different departments, public safety entities could not communicate with one another. So, there's a big push to move to P25 technology," said Fred Gallart, sales director of Harris Corp.
The cost for the upgrades will be divided between all four localities.
The new system is expected to be up and running by 2014 when the FCC's new digital radio guidelines go into effect.