Butler County, PA Maximizes the Value of its Land Mobile Radio System with MCP’s Guidance

September 13th, 2018

Posted In: Public Safety Radio, Wireless & Broadband, Radio, Wireless & Broadband, Uncategorized

Mission Critical Partners Helps Butler County, PA Maximize the Value of its New P25 Land Mobile Radio System While Boosting Coverage, Capacity and Regional Interoperability

“MCP has played a key role helping us meet our project goals by managing multiple vendors on our behalf—holding them accountable for meeting project milestones, managing project risks and ensuring they meet schedule deadlines and requirements,”

Steve Bicehouse
Butler County, PA


As a county that requires reliable mission-critical communications for 60 first responder agencies, it is important that Butler County’s land mobile radio system—and the network supporting it—is available whenever and wherever it needs to be. Their system faces several challenges playing a role in its replacement:

  • It is reaching end-of-life status
  • It operates on the T-Band radio spectrum
  • Frequent network connectivity backhaul issues are reported
  • Extended outages, coverage and capacity issues and a loss of communication capabilities are frequently reported

How MCP Helped:

Working alongside Mission Critical Partners’ land mobile radio experts, Butler County developed a roadmap to replace their land mobile radio system with one that would meet their needs today and well into the future. MCP completed a detailed assessment that presented several options, complete with pros and cons of each solution. MCP helped Butler County evaluate every alternative on the table and make an educated decision about a solution that would address the County’s challenges and limit the need for future upgrades.

Butler County then turned to MCP to assist with procurement and implementation of the new P25 land mobile radio system.


With MCP’s negotiation support, the County’s selected solution included an impressive 43 percent cost savings off of list price, with an additional savings estimated at upwards of $350K to be achieved through sharing systems with nearby regional partners.

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