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An 800MHz radio system is a blend of traditional two-way radio technology and computer-controlled transmitters. The system's main advantage is that radio transmitters can be shared among various departments, with the aid of computer programming. Virtual radio groups called talk groups are created in software to enable private departmental conversations. This gives the new system the appearance of having many frequencies, when in fact everyone is sharing only a few.
A digital 800MHz system will give the County better coverage and penetration. It reduces the problems with future narrow-banding.
According to the current timeline, a live switch is scheduled for 2019.