For the second consecutive year, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has obtained legislative approval to provide $13 million in funds to pay for upgrades to the Michigan Public Safety Communications System, according to a story published yesterday in the Detroit News
LAS VEGAS–The City of Mesa, Ariz., is in the process of completing a transition over to Project 25, joining with neighboring Phoenix on a multi-year project initiated in 1996 to build a regional interoperable P25 network. A representative from the city shared their experiences in acquiring and deploying the technology over a nine-year period during the Project 25 Symposium at the 2005 IWCE conference and sponsored by the Project (25) Technology Interest Group
LAS VEGAS–Software-defined radio (SDR) holds both potential benefits for first responders and requires issues to be resolved, said Fred Frantz, director of law enforcement programs for L-3 Government Systems. Speaking at a Wednesday afternoon session on interoperability at the 2005 IWCE conference, Franz said “the killer app” for SDR is interoperability. “SDR has the potential for first responders to load in waveforms at incidents,” allowing them to easily communicate with each other and other agencies.
Last week in this space I suggested that public safety spend less time complaining about the dearth of interoperable communications nationwide and devote greater effort to achieving region-wide consensus on interoperability strategies. Yesterday, representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Project SAFECOM, speaking during an educational session at IWCE 2005 here, made the same suggestion