Va. county taps Northrop Grumman for public safety center

Northrop Grumman Corp. has won a 27-month, $26 million contract from Roanoke County, Va., to enhance the jurisdiction's public safety capabilities, the company announced this week.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology of Herndon, Va., will design and build a new public safety facility and install several upgraded public safety systems to improve the county's existing systems.

Northrop Grumman IT's teammates on the project are NARDI Construction Inc., Beltsville, Md., DVA Architects Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., English Construction Inc., Lynchburg, Va., and Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.

Specifically, Northrop Grumman IT will plan and construct a 77,000 square-foot, public safety building for police, fire and emergency services administration. The building also will house an E911 communications center and an emergency operations center, where the county will manage its emergency 911 dispatch calls among other public services.

During the project, the county's prime site for its existing public safety radio system will be upgraded and moved to the new facility. Northrop Grumman IT also will install a new E911 telephone system, a new computer-aided dispatch system and a facilitywide local area network and Internet protocol-based administrative telephone system.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, a provider of IT solutions, engineering and business services, is a unit of Northrop Grumman of Los Angeles. The parent company has about 122,600 employees and annual sales of $26.2 billion.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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