Welcome to the County of Berks
 

​Radio System Design & Overview

The County of Berks has deployed a countywide public safety radio system engineered by Motorola Solutions Inc.  This system consists of 27 physical facilities which provides a combination of radio system network sites and trunked and conventional radio transmission sites supporting the design of the system.

The physical plant services a diverse radio infrastructure that is comprised of the following sub-systems:

  • (23) Site Fully Ringed 150 Mbps Alcatel Lucent Multi-Protocol Label Switching Microwave Backhaul Engineered to Class 5 Reliability.
  • P25 Phase II 700 MHz Trunked Radio System
    • Dual Master Sites
    • (3) Console Dispatch Sites
    • (2) System Rf Sites
      • North
        • Dual Prime Sites
        • (9) North Site Remote Radio Sites
        • (12) 12.5 kHz channels
          • Site Control Channel
          • 22 TDMA Talk Paths
      • South
        • Dual Prime Sites
        • (10) South Site Remote Radio Sites
        • (16) 12.5 kHz channels
          • Site Control Channel
          • 30 TDMA Talk Paths
    • Coverage
      • 95% Coverage @ Portable On Street (PoS) on Hip Tx/Rx Countywide
      • Defined Areas of Enhanced Coverage at 12 and 20 dB Over PoS
  • Simulcast Conventional Interoperability Overlays
    • Dual Prime Sites
    • Coverage
      • 95% Coverage @ Portable On Street (PoS) on Hip Tx/Rx Countywide
    • Sites, Spectrum and Capacity
      • (8) Tx/Rx, (3) Rx VHF Low Band, Low Range; (1) Channel
      • (8) Tx/Rx, (3) Rx VHF Low Band, High Range; (1) Channel
      • (7) Tx/Rx, (7) Rx VHF High Band; (5) Channels
      • (8) Tx/Rx UHF; (3) Channels
      • (11) Tx/Rx 800 MHz; (5) Channels Including (1) Analog Channel for Toning
  • Simulcast VHF High Band Fire and EMS Tone Alert Paging
    • (12) Transmit Sites (Increase of Two Sites Over Legacy System)
  • Multicast VHF High Band Fire and EMS Tone Alert Back Up Paging System
    • (9) Transmit Sites (Increase of Three Sites Over Legacy System)
  • Multicast VHF High Band Agency Conventional System
    • (4) Transceive Sites
  • Interoperability Control Stations Proving Back Up Communications Between Berks and All Surrounding County 9-1-1 Centers Except Lancaster
  • Interoperability Interconnects Among Eastern PA EMS Council MedComm, Reading Hospital and St. Joe's Medical Center.
  • Enhanced Telephone Interconnect
  • MotoBridge Device Interface

The radio system is installed at Berks County owned or leased facilities.  All facilities are supported by:

  • Precast Concrete Equipment Shelter
  • Motorola Compliant R-56 Grounding
  • On Site Electric Generation
    • 7-10 Day On Site Fuel Supply
    • Uninterruptible Power Supply for Utility/Generation Bridge Time Maintenance.
    • Full Motion Video Camera Security Surveillance
    • Electronic Facility Security