Burlington County looks to buy next-gen 911 system

The Burlington County Board of Freeholders is looking to complete another step in its public safety communications overhaul by installing a next-generation 911 system.

Through the new system, dispatchers will be able to receive text messages, photos and videos from the caller, county Public Safety Director John Drinkard said. The digital component is new to next-generation systems.

The board authorized advertising a request for proposal for the purchase and installation of an internet protocol-based system at its meeting last week.

It is just one component in an overall $33.5 million project to switch radio frequencies and strengthen first-responder signals in all 40 municipalities.

The county does not know how much the system will cost until proposals come back, but previous estimates put this portion of the project in the $1 million range.

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