Florida’s Department of Management Services this week published a Notice of Intent to Award a contract to Motorola Solutions to build a new statewide public-safety radio system to replace the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) operated by Harris.

“Florida’s selection of Motorola Solutions to build a new statewide public safety radio system is a vote of confidence in our decades of successfully building mission-critical communications solutions throughout the state and nation,” Motorola Solutions said in a statement provided to IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “Motorola Solutions is thrilled at the opportunity to work with the State of Florida and eager to deliver state-of-the-art interoperable communications to the state’s first responders and the people they protect throughout Florida.”

An official for the Florida Department of Management Services confirmed to IWCE’s Urgent Communications that the state agency published the Notice of Intent to Award a contract to Motorola on Tuesday. Multiple sources familiar with the situation said that competing vendors have 72 hours from the award notice to pursue a protest of the award.

Currently, Harris owns and operates the SLERS, which has more than 200 sites and was designed to provide statewide LMR coverage. The state’s 20-year radio deal with Harris—known as M/A-COM at the time the contract was signed—is scheduled to expire in 2021.