Black & Veatch to Design Public Safety Communications System for Oregon

Black & Veatch was selected by the state of Oregon to provide architectural and engineering services for the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) project that is designed to enhance public safety.

"The success of the OWIN project depends on the people with whom we contract and bringing Black & Veatch on board is an important step towards a successful project," said OWIN Director Lindsay Ball. "We're encouraged that Black & Veatch managers acknowledge the importance of putting Oregonians back to work."

The OWIN project consolidates the Department of Oregon State Police, Department of Corrections, Department of Forestry and Department of Transportation radio systems into an up-to-date wireless public safety network. The system will replace outdated and aging infrastructure while complying with new Federal Communications Commission regulations requiring users of wideband radio to convert to narrowband technology before Jan. 1, 2013.

"This project will dramatically increase communications reliability and efficiencies for Oregon's public safety officers," said Martin Travers, President of Black & Veatch's Telecommunications Division. "We have the capability to rapidly deploy engineering, site acquisition and construction experts to meet the challenging project timelines in an environmentally positive manner while accounting for future communications demand growth."

The OWIN project will ultimately result in providing total communications coverage for public safety officials across the entire state. The network will consist of tower sites, communications buildings and power resources that are strategically located to provide reliable network operation. It is currently projected that the network will be operational by Dec. 31, 2012.

"The initial site development will provide public safety communications network coverage to approximately 80 percent of the state's total population," said Paul Miller, Associate Vice President of Black & Veatch Telecommunications. "Black & Veatch's design approach will optimize the cost, schedule and execution components of the project. OWIN benefits Oregon's public safety officers as well as residents and visitors they protect and serve through efficient and coordinated communications."

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