Overview

The Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System (BVWACS) is an interoperable radio system that uses Project 25 (P25) radio communications standards for federal, state and local public safety entities. Texas A&M University's Police and Emergency Medical Services use this system.

BVWACS has partnered with the Harris County Regional Radio System, known as TXWARN, to create a 17-county, regional interoperable radio system primarily intended for public safety entities. This wide-area radio system shares the Harris County consortium's central controller in Tomball, TX. During events such as hurricane evacuations, operators can talk via radio with users in many counties from Galveston to the Brazos Valley.

Getting Started

With this system, radios should be purchased from the Division of IT because only authorized and programmed radios are able to join. To see charges and installation fees, visit the Cost section below. To purchase additional radios or classroom speakers, visit the Request section.

Note: Outside of public safety entities, normal day-to-day communications occur over the 800-MHz system operated by Texas A&M.

Contact Information

Cost

Texas A&M University System rates are displayed below. See General Computing Rates for TAMUS, Non-TAMUS, and Auxiliary Rates.

 

Service Description Unit Rate in $ Item Code/ Product/Service
P25 Radio Airtime Monthly 42.00 P550

 

Request

Submit a work order or contact tcom-request@tamu.edu for further assistance.  

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