DHS to require interoperability to get grants
- By William Welsh
- Mar 18, 2004
To improve voice and data interoperability among state and local first-response systems, the Homeland Security Department plans to require governments seeking grants for such applications to adhere to specific technical standards and protocols.
'Even more important than technology standards are the processes and procedures related to interoperability,' Homeland Security CIO Steve Cooper said this month at a DHS Industry Forum in Washington.
The department wants to promote interoperability, especially in using mobile radio and geospatial data, Cooper said. He also urged industry to give protocol issues attention when developing tools for state and local users.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.