New digital system will boost capacity and coverage for mission-critical communications
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (May 28, 2019)—The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has selected Mission Critical Partners (MCP) to help finalize the design for a Project 25 (P25)-compliant, statewide, digital radio network that will maximize coverage and capacity for emergency response efforts.
Today’s public safety radio system, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Interoperable Radio System (CoMIRS), serves as the statewide communications backbone and is used by municipal, regional, and state public safety entities for operable and interoperable communications and to dispatch emergency services in response to 911 calls.
Today, CoMIRS provides operable and interoperable communications for 245 public safety, transportation and environmental agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Of the nearly 30,000 radios active on the network, approximately 60 percent are used for daily mission-critical communications.
The project will build upon CoMIRS’s initial P25 network design plans completed in 2017 by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). MCP will be responsible for confirming and revising the initial design plans, initiating site acquisition activities and developing a procurement plan for the network, which is intended to meet the following needs:
- Improved coverage for current and future radio network users
- Expanded capacity for public safety purposes without negatively affecting the system’s service grade and audio quality
- Enhanced coordination with E911 public safety answering points (PSAPs) throughout the Commonwealth
- A sustainable and achievable funding model.
“We are honored to help Massachusetts evolve to a high-performing, modern public safety radio system that boosts coverage and capacity while exceeding the needs of the user community and creating maximum value,” said John Chiaramonte, MCP’s president of consulting services.
About Mission Critical Partners (MCP)
Mission Critical Partners (MCP) is an independent consulting, IT and network support services firm specializing in mission-critical infrastructure. MCP helps clients enhance and evolve their public safety systems and operations through our extensive experience, knowledge and resources. By providing insight and support every step of the way, our clients are able to transform their mission-critical operations, maximizing the value of their investments and ensuring optimal performance and success. Additional information and career opportunities are available at www.MissionCriticalPartners.com.
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