Raytheon Co. selected Downey, CA, as the location for its new Public Safety Regional Technology Center. The company is planning to open the facility in the next three months. Occupying 27,000 ft² and employing up to 150 people, the new center will serve as the focus of Raytheon's civil communications business in the Western U.S and provide test and research facilities, training, maintenance and logistics, and customer and systems support. The Public Safety Regional Technology Center will establish a research capability tailored to public safety needs and will include a consortium of communications experts from academia, industry, and public safety agencies. This team will be dedicated to independently verifying future technologies for integration into open architecture, standards-based systems, validating backward compatibility with legacy systems, and testing proposed public safety technologies for today and the future.