Transition Expands Law Enforcement Access and Saves Money
The effort will also integrate ECEN into a network, allowing it to be in sync with state and federal law enforcement efforts.
“Joining PA-STARNet means that our first responders and partnering local and federal agencies are able to communicate seamlessly across Columbia and Montour Counties, neighboring counties and the commonwealth,” Montour County Commissioner Trevor Finn said in a press release. “No matter where an emergency happens, our residents can count on a rapid and coordinated emergency response.”
The network was developed and is maintained by Motorola Solutions, which operates more than 1,100 networks for first responders across North America. Pennsylvania hired Motorola in 2016 to upgrade its communications network to an open-standard platform to boost interoperability and expand options for communications tools among state and local agencies.
“Pennsylvania has long recognized and invested in land mobile radio as the mission-critical communications technology of the future,” Michael Leonard, Mid-Atlantic territory vice president for Motorola Solutions, said in a press release. “Advancements in P25 technology, interoperability and devices bring added features and greater potential for collaboration to the reliability and resilience that are the hallmarks of LMR.”‘
According to Robert Barnham, director of the Statewide Radio Network Division, the measures yield another dividend: saving taxpayer dollars. “This effort will substantially reduce our overall operating cost, including maintenance and utilities. We’re pleased and proud to formally introduce a system that not only improves the safety of our citizens but saves them money in the process,” he says.
The transition could also help as agencies across the country move toward Next Generation 911-compliant platforms, allowing for the rapid sharing of radio, video, text and other real-time data and intelligence to law enforcement nationwide.