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Statement of Function
This department plans and implements deployment strategies for telecommunications infrastructure and services used by the County, plans, designs and oversees the building of extensions to the fiber optic cable network owned by the County, City of Vero Beach and the School Board (Consortium) and acts as a point of contact for entities wanting to place wireless services support structures on County properties. The Telecommunications Division developed and maintains a record system for over 110 route miles of fiber optic cable and over 5000 fiber terminations. The Telecommunications Division oversees, supports, and expands the voice communications network of connected telephone switches and Internet Protocol (IP) voice devices. The Telecommunications Division tests, analyzes, troubleshoots, and designs fiber connectivity and associated electronic and optical devices in new and malfunctioning network arrangements. The Telecommunications Division acts as the main point of contact with AT&T and other communications providers for access circuits to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and coordinates ordering, repairs, and billing for the services provided by AT&T.

2014/2015 Goals and Objectives

• Continue to monitor, expand, maintain and improve the county-wide fiber optic systems network.
• Assist, as requested, with IRC Utilities AMR / AMR Meter Systems upgrade project throughout the county.
• Manage upgrade and conversion of legacy telephone systems at IRC Landfill / Bio-Solids Plant location.
• Manage upgrade and conversion of failing legacy telephone equipment at IRC Gifford Aquatic Center location. Incudes upgrade from 100Mb fiber services to Gigabit speed network fiber services.
• Continue to support and administer the IRC multi-node Corporate PBX Telephone systems county-wide.
• Manage IRC fiber optic installations into several new IRC building locations - New IRC InterGen Recreation Center on Oslo Road, and fiber optic projects related by co-location: fiber projects for IRC South RO Water Treatment Plant, and IRC Osprey Marsh locations.
• Manage IRC fiber optic systems installation into new buildings being constructed at IRC Shooting Range.
• Continue to update fiber optic network documentation systems county-wide. Update IRC GIS systems with fiber optic network changes and correct fiber systems information collected in the field.
• Continue to research, develop, and submit for approval, increased revenue, & operational cost savings opportunities for Indian River County, in the fields of Dark fiber optic cable services, Wireless Networks, and Telecommunications Services for Governmental, County Medical, Public University, Utility, Traffic, and Public Safety applications, as allowed by current laws.
• Assist when available, with large fiber optic network project for IRC School District.

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