Pensacola Police Upgrade Communications System


The Pensacola, Florida police department has upgraded its critical communications system. Starting tomorrow, Pensacola PD will connect to Escambia County’s Motorola Solutions ASTRO. ASTRO enables communication among first responders across the US and will expand the city’s response capability. The upgrade allows departments and agencies to share one system, yet manage and maintain control over their own talk-group, encryption keys and configuration data.

The police department is also upgrading its computer systems to connect to ASTRO and will deploy Motorola Solutions’ APX P25 portable and mobile radios. The project also reduces the cost of providing radio service to all three counties with a shared site, shared maintenance and shared operating costs.

Motorola Solutions has been moving quickly to capture market share in the public safety opportunity set. The company recently updated critical communications systems in Douglas County, Nebraska as well. That contract upgraded the county’s 9-1-1 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system by moving it into the cloud.

The size of the public safety contracting opportunity is approximately $370 billion, according to market analysts at MarketsAndMarkets.