ComEd has joined with Motorola Solutions Inc. to deploy a 900MHz ASTRO 25 digital trunked radio system to improve coverage, audio quality and reliability throughout northern Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area.
It will provide voice despatch and integrated data to ComEd field workers, promoting safety during potentially dangerous line-switching situations, for instance during storm restoration.
ComEd’s ASTRO 25 digital radio system will be the first 900 MHz Project 25 (P25)-based radio system for a utility deployed in the U.S. Until now, utility companies using the 900 MHz radio spectrum have not had access to P25 standards-based technology.
“ComEd is pleased that we can deploy the latest ASTRO 25 technology, while leveraging our current system,” commented James M. Conway, vice president, Distribution System Operations at ComEd. “In the event of a major power outage, the new system will help provide our field operators with timely and accurate information, while keeping them connected to restore power to our customers safely, quickly and efficiently.”
This system will utilise Motorola’s XTL & XTS series of mobile and portable radios and GTR8000 base station radios. They will offer voice, integrated data and GPS location capabilities.
A benefit of ComEd’s ASTRO 25 is integrated data that offers over-the-air programming of radios, which will improve worker efficiency in the field and also lower the cost of ownership.