Wireless communications is a critical component of pubic safety communications. As such, many of our public safety engagements involve radio communications to include both voice and data wireless communications. Increasingly, interoperability has become a crucial issue with a variety of initiatives being undertaken . The Costas Group has had a number of key engagements associated with wireless interoperability and we are familiar with the variety of options being considered to address this issue.
Most recently, we have been retained by the New Haven UASI to assess their current capabilities and provide a long term plan with short term and intermediate term steps to immediately resolve their interoperability issues, leading to a survivable, affordable long term solution for New Haven and its surrounding jurisdiction. This plan involved assessing the as-is environment, specifying a to-be environment, and identifying and providing specifications for equipment for immediate purchase. We also identified no-cost and low-cost initiatives such as radio programming and local agreements to achieve, more thoroughly, the level of interoperability required. We are familiar with state initiatives and federal guidance as well. Similarly, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, we evaluated their radio system and made recommendations regarding moving their radio operations to a county system. Each of our engagements – Washington, DC, Fairfax County, VA and New York City to mention a few, others contain a voice/data wireless evaluation and solution. We know the requirements for future systems including P25 compliance, narrowband and developments regarding the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands.