ComEd to deploy first 900 MHz ASTRO® 25 digital radio system


James M. Conway,
VP Distribution System
Operations, ComEd
Schaumburg, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 20, 2012 – ComEd has contracted with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for a 900 MHz ASTRO® 25 digital trunked radio system to provide better coverage, reliability and audio quality for the company’s full service territory throughout northern Illinois, including the greater Chicagoland area.

The new radio system will provide voice dispatch and integrated data to ComEd field workers, promoting safety during critical power outage events such as storm restoration, where potentially dangerous line-switching occurs.

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.

The system will utilize Motorola’s XTL and XTS series of digital mobile and portable radios and GTR8000 base station radios and will offer voice, integrated data and GPS location capabilities.

“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.”

Benefits of ComEd’s ASTRO 25 trunked digital system include enhanced audio quality, real time voice dispatch, and integrated data that enables over-the-air programming of radios to improve worker efficiency in the field, while lowering cost of ownership.