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Commonwealth of Virginia’s Communications Interoperability. The Commonwealth’s Link to Interoperable Communications (COMLINC). Panelists. Captain Michael Bolton, Virginia State Police Chris Essid, Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator

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Commonwealth of Virginia’s Communications Interoperability

The Commonwealth’s Link to Interoperable Communications

(COMLINC)


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Panelists

  • Captain Michael Bolton, Virginia State Police

  • Chris Essid, Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator

  • Steve Marzolf, Virginia Information Technologies Agency


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Agenda

  • Background & History

  • What is COMLINC?

  • Current Projects

  • Costs

  • Overcoming Challenges

  • Questions


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Background

  • July 2004 – Design, construction and implementation of STARS begins through a contract with Motorola


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Background

  • STARS is a Project 25 multi-channel trunked digital voice and data wireless communications system that is specifically designed for public safety requirements

  • The existing state police microwave radio network’s technology and capacity will be upgraded and disaster recovery alternate paths will be added

  • The STARS contract will provide essential public safety grade communications that can operate seamlessly throughout the Commonwealth for 21 state agencies and facilitate interoperability with local and federal government agencies

  • Completion anticipated for June 2008


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Background

  • STARS program manager was asked to ensure locals can interface with the system

    • RF Patches were in original contract

    • Movement is now towards gateway Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions

  • The Commonwealth’s Link to Interoperable Communications (COMLINC) is born


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What is COMLINC?

  • Technical approach to establish voice communications between disparate land mobile radio systems

  • Opportunity to maintain current systems while establishing interoperability

  • Supports the ability for various agencies to communicate via a distributed IP network statewide, regionally, and locally


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What is COMLINC?

  • Allows dispatchers within localities to establish patches to connect disparate radio systems

  • Autonomous control of patches by local dispatchers

  • Patches to STARS, regionally, adjoining jurisdictions, and within jurisdictions


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COMLINC: IP Based Gateway Solution

Voice Talkpaths are established across an IP Network

VHF

800 MHz

PATENT PENDING

Voice Talkpath

IP Network

Dispatch

Dispatch


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COMLINC: Flexible & Scalable

Supports the establishment of multiple voice talkpaths

Conventional

Trunked

800 MHz

VHF

PATENT PENDING

VHF

Multiple Talkpaths

IP Network

UHF

Dispatch


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COMLINC: Support Multiple Technologies

Console

Module

Station

Conventional

Cell

PSTN

Console stations

Trunked

Dispatch Remote Control

IP Network

LMR System


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Benefits

To Localities:

  • Eliminates need to swap radios

  • Allows for continued use of current systems

  • Allows an interface to STARS

  • Enables multi-jurisdiction and multi-discipline communications

  • Eliminates the need for phone communications to establish patches

To STARS Users:

  • Reduces need for multiple radios to talk with local responders

  • Allows for communication directly with local agency dispatchers


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Users

  • Does your region require more effective coordination of communications?

  • Would you like to use one radio to talk across disciplines and jurisdictions?

  • Do you need to interact with state agencies?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above – COMLINC is a solution that will work for you!


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Current Projects

  • Region 1 - $1.5 Million for COMLINC pilot for 14 localities

  • Region 3 – Lynchburg awarded $1.4 Million

  • Region 6 – Roanoke awarded $866,570

  • Local Interoperability Grants – Amelia and Nottoway Counties will join Region 1 implementing Motobridge


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Current Projects

  • Lynchburg/Roanoke joint RFP with a possible statewide option for the chosen vendor

    • Additional solution on state contract

    • Lower cost per system


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Caroline

Charles City

Chesterfield County

Essex

Goochland

Hanover

Henrico

King George

Lancaster

New Kent

Northumberland

Powhatan

Richmond County

Westmoreland

COMLINC

The following fourteen localities are operational in Region One as a Pilot.

The Region One Pilot has formed a Policy and Procedures Committee.


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Costs

  • Initial one-time equipment purchase

    • Motobridge is currently $75K on state contract

    • RFP process will determine recommended solutions

  • On-going leased line charges

    • VBR ATM lines are recommended: approximate cost $7,200 per year

    • MPLS should decrease this cost when implemented

  • Training, Technical Support and Maintenance


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Overcoming Challenges

  • Development of MPLS is underway

    • Leased lines costs will decrease considerably

    • Available in one to two years

    • Will provide a guaranteed quality of service (QOS)

  • Core infrastructure already funded through VITA/Northrop Grumman Partnership


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Benefits

  • Cost Effectiveness

    • Easier to manage provisioning and changes

    • Cheaper and more reliable access and backbone architecture

  • Increased Reliability

    • Dynamic network resiliency

    • Increase reliability of the backbone and access technology

  • Increased Security

    • Dual Internet ports with Firewalls, IDS, and IPS centrally managed

    • Separation of Internet and Intranet traffic


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Benefits

  • Increased Scalability

    • OC-48c/OC-192c(as needed) trunks & higher capacity switching

    • More scalable access technologies supported

  • Flexibility

    • Easier to provision/manage VPNs and QOS

    • Ability to use almost any access technology

    • Extended managed services with flexible flat rate pricing

    • Additional service offerings available as value-adds


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COMLINC

QUESTIONS?


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Thank you

Steve Marzolf:[email protected]

Capt. Michael Bolton:[email protected]

Chris Essid:[email protected]


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