If you're working to advance your long-term public safety communications efforts, a capabilities study is a great starting point, especially when it relates to Project 25 radio communications interoperability.
An example of this in action is our work with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) and 11 of the state’s Regional Councils of Government (COG) to support Phases 2 - 4 of the Regional Interoperability Communications Planning (RICP) “Round Two.”
“Texas is really ahead of the curve when it comes to documenting statewide capabilities and assessments for every single radio system,” explained Nicholas Falgiatore, M.S.E.E., a telecommunications specialist for our firm. “Typically, assessment projects like these are limited to a single agency or a single radio system. But the multi-agency data we’re collecting will give the COGs and the Statewide Interoperability Commission, which is led by TXDPS, a solid understanding of their strengths, weaknesses and funding needs as they move forward with P25 interoperability.”
The project included completing a comprehensive regional and statewide interoperability communications survey and assessment of public safety communications capabilities. The information gathered from the assessment is being used as the foundation for developing each Region’s migration plans to support P25 interoperability by 2015.
Data is being collecting data from local public safety agencies in 11 of the state’s 24 COGs and providing reports that align with the Texas RICP Round Two Roadmap.
The project is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2011.