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  1. Not Your Grandpa’s Radio Network Puget Sound Regional Communications Interoperability Bill Schrier Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle Governor’s Interoperability Summit - Seattle 5 December 2007

  2. Introduction • It’s about RESPONDERS and Command • “Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure” • Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS • Also: transportation, utilities, public health • Operability versus Interoperability • Communications – not just voice radio, but • wireless data (computers in the field) • connected dispatch, operations centers; • connection to databases / information; Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  3. Scorecard Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  4. “Puget Sound” • “Seattle” Urban Area • A Homeland Security Definition • Three Counties • Cast the net wider Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  5. Three County Voice Radio • King County – 14,000+ radios • Snohomish County – 3,500+ • Tacoma – 2,500+ • Port of Seattle – 2,000 All 800 Megahertz systems All Motorola SmartZone Version 4.1 Built with local funds, local control Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  6. Three County Interoperability • TRIS (Tri-County Regional Interoperability) • links all four Motorola SmartZone systems • links other conventional radio in Pierce County • links to Washington State Patrol • links the Federal Integrated Wireless Network • “Decent interoperability” • Limited to local footprint • No outside or other agencies, or data Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  7. Three County Interop Needs • Training – use the existing interoperability! • Smartzone 4.1 Obsolete in 2012 – upgrade or ? • Standards – “Project 25” • Connect computers, handhelds, video, two-way • Interop with utilities, transportation, State • Interop with out-of-area responders (“9-11”) Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  8. What We’re Doing • Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP) (that is: “use what we’ve got to the maximum”) • Puget Sound Regional Interop Exec Committee • “Come one Come All” • Regional operability and interop plan • Governance, Technical, Training • PSIC grant for small-footprint next gen system Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007

  9. This won’t be Your Grandpa’s Interoperability • Local governments have invested • We are operating, planning and building • Future needs are larger than the Region • Public Safety / Critical Infrastructure • Field and Dispatch + Voice, Data and Video • Regional, State, National • Not just funding, but collaboration and coordination, local control and shared service Governor’s Interoperability Summit Bill Schrier, 2007