STATE & LOCAL — Communications/networks
Wyoming DOT deploys Project 25-compliant two-way radios
- By Kathleen Hickey, Special to GCN
- Jul 09, 2009
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is providing Project 25-compliant, two-way radios to its first responders.
The radios have integrated voice and data capability, as well as automatic vehicle location, enabling dispatchers to immediately locate emergency vehicles to an incident. In addition, state troopers are able to use the radios to access data such as driver records.
Search and rescue operations will also benefit from the system, which will allow police, fire and emergency response agencies to talk to each other.
“The ability to locate our first responders in real time required connecting global positioning satellite fleet management solutions from different manufacturers directly to a Project 25-compliant mobile radio,” said Larry Sheridan, project manager for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. “These radios are to be used on WyoLink, our 40-site statewide digital trunked Project 25-compliant public safety communications system. [The] radios will be used throughout the state and now make up a substantial portion of our fleet.”
Project 25 refers to a suite of standards for digital radio communications for use by federal, state/province and local public safety agencies in North America to enable them to communicate with other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies.
The standards are administered by the Telecommunications Industry Association and were created by and for public safety professionals. In addition to improved communications, Project 25 improves purchasing parity by enabling agencies to choose from multiple vendors and products, saving money and allowing agencies to select from the widest range of equipment and features. It also improves radio spectrum efficiency, so networks will have enough capacity to handle calls.
EF Johnson Tehnologies, based in Irving, Texas, will be providing the radios under a $1.1 million order.
Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.