US Navy awards contract to Serco for mass notification systems upgrade

2 July 2019 (Last Updated July 2nd, 2019 15:54)

The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific has awarded a contract to Serco to perform upgrades to giant voice mass notification systems. 

US Navy awards contract to Serco for mass notification systems upgrade
The giant voice mass notification system uses exterior speakers to warn people nearby. Credit: Serco Group plc.

The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific has awarded a contract to Serco to perform upgrades to giant voice mass notification systems.

The giant voice mass notification system is a voice announcing system used to provide warnings to communities living near naval installations in emergency situations.

Under the contract, Serco will provide production and installation services for the systems located at different sites in the Western Pacific Region. The one-year task order is valued at around $8.3m.

Work will include pre-installation testing and check-out, retrofit installation, inspection, pre-setup, optimisation, training, and systems operational verification testing.

Serco chairman and CEO Dave Dacquino said: “Serco has a 20-plus year legacy of rapidly providing highly reliable support to meet the emerging requirements of the navy.

“Serco is proud of the base modernisation services we are providing to help secure our bases, and detect and respond to threats.”

NIWC Pacific awarded the task order under the $232m anti-terrorism/force protection (ATFP) naval electronic surveillance systems (NESS) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract secured by Serco earlier this year.

Under the contract, the company will deliver technical services to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), programme executive offices, and other US Department of Defence (DoD) agencies.

Services are also offered to the Department of Homeland Security, US Marine Corps, and other government programmes.

Serco is specialised in building and maintaining command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems for various branches of the DoD.

Specific services provided by the firm include lifecycle sustainment engineering, systems integration, hardware procurement, software development, and technical support. In addition, the company provides installation and testing, operations and maintenance solutions.

In March, the company won a contract from the US Navy to provide technical and programmatic support at naval bases globally.