Nation-wide interoperable survey finds best practices for information-sharing
| 03.12.2007 | 05:27:29 | Views: 2887 | ID:
March 12 '07: A new report released by the First Response Coalition looked at the nation's best practices regarding interoperable communications and information-sharing and found three key points to furthering interoperable programs.
Among those findings: that money is the major hurdle to increasing information-sharing practices; there are abundant examples around the country for creating better information-sharing environments; and that better technical standards will help to push future projects.The states scoring the highest in interoperable communications practices were Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, the report read. Examples why those states ranked so high include Colorado's program to use "a Public Safety trust Fund to pay for the hybrid 700/800 MHz public safety communications network." Utah's interoperable communications establishment, the report continued, "has been in place years, [and] provides interoperability coverage for 85% of the state's population, and handled all communications for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics." Finally, "Nevada connected the state's four distinct trunked radio systems into one 'virtual' network that utilizes 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 150 MHz radio systems," the report said. Other examples of imaginative best practices included Virginia's governance structure, Indiana's communications funding programs and Texas' "IP-based VIDA network."
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