Philly to Upgrade Emergency Radio System

Philadelphia officials want to upgrade the city’s current not-always-reliable emergency radio system with one that, well, works.

The city would still use the same vender, Motorola, which promised its reliability would be better with the new $35 million system.

"Not only are we going to have reliability, but we're going to have more coverage and more interaction between public safety matters that we don't have today,” Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said.

The upgrade would include two separate systems so if one goes down the other will pick up the slack.

Police officers, firefighters and prison guards would get new handheld radios, totaling 3,000 new radios.

The upgrade won’t be completed until 2011.

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