Like many state, Missouri has a “classic urban-rural dichotomy,” with the bulk of the state’s population being in the metropolitan areas of Kansas City and St. Louis, which the rest of the citizenry is dispersed across an expansive geographic region. As a result, using the propagation characteristics of VHF makes sense for the state.
While the capabilities of ISSI gateways have been discussed at length and demonstrated numerous times, only recently has the technology been used to provide a link between active mission-critical LMR networks built by different vendors. The first such ISSI link is located in Dallas, connecting the city’s Motorola network and DFW Airport’s Harris network.
As debate has intensified over one aspect of the National Broadband Plan — the amount of spectrum allocated directly to public safety — there is a danger that we will lose sight of those issues more likely to make the difference between success and failure.
Jim Vlassopoulos, the deputy chief of Washington, D.C., Fire and EMS, told the roughly 400 attendees of the National Conference on Emergency Communications that they needed to “get outside the sandbox,” and advised that “local fiefdoms” — which have plagued the effort to achieve interoperable communications for years — should be avoided in the future because they make it difficult to institute change.