Harris Corporation & Williams Communications, Inc. Team Garner Unanimous Decision in Floyd County, Georgia

April 22, 2011 - Tallahassee, FL

In 2009, Floyd County, located in Northwest Georgia, approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to fund an emergency communications system that would significantly upgrade their abilities to respond and react to emergency situations.  Emergency Management Director, Scotty Hancock, was the driving force behind the SPLOST, realizing the need for critical communications during emergency situations.  Tusa Consulting Services (TCS), was chosen, and a Request for Proposals was developed and put out to all available vendors; Harris Corporation and Motorola were the two respondents.  

With design in place, oral presentations were held the week of March 14, 2001 in Rome, Georgia; the county seat of Floyd County.  A Public Safety Communications Committee and TCS were present and graded both vendor presentations.  Harris Corporation was the recommendation of TCS and the Public Safety Communications Committee unanimously recommended Harris – and Williams Communications – to the Board of County Commissioners.  Negotiations began immediately and contracts were signed by Harris and Floyd County on April 20, 2011.  

“We are extremely confident with the selection process and believe our public safety professionals will have a modern radio system at a great value to the citizens,” said Floyd County Commission Chairman Eddie Lumsden.  “Harris’ radios are used by our troops in some of the harshest terrain in the world; we are confident their system will serve us here at home.”  (Rome News-Tribune)

In an official Summary submitted by TCS to the County, two of three significant findings were directly attributable to WCI.  Training exceeded normal expectations by proposing to use a Certified Georgia POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Instructor (on-staff personnel of WCI) for all end users of the system and “most importantly, Harris is proposing for its local service company Williams Communications which has extensive prior simulcast and microwave experience involving municipalities, counties and regional users.”  Williams’ ability to provide equipped and knowledgeable staff that can handle disaster recovery services reflects the leadership and technical ability in the field of emergency communications.