Motorola wins latest challenge over lucrative state radio contract
Without comment, a panel of 1st District Court of Appeal judges has decided that Motorola Solutions should keep a major state law-enforcement radio contract potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Judges James R. Wolf, M. Kemmerly Thomas, and Associate Judge Scott Duncan on Wednesday released their decision against the former Harris Corp., which lost the contract to Motorola last year. The opinion was speedy in its delivery; oral argument in the case was held last Tuesday. A bid contest was first heard last May by Administrative Law Judge J. Bruce Culpepper in Tallahassee. He found for Motorola, and then-Department of Management Services Secretary Erin Rock later agreed with Culpepper. The new Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) buildout had been scheduled to begin next year.
The system is “a single, unified digital radio network that meets the radio voice communications needs of state law enforcement officers and other participating agencies throughout the state.”