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NCJ Number: 212978 Find in a Library
Title: Communications Interoperability: Basics for Practitioners
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: March 2006
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents a brief snapshot of challenges facing the development of communications interoperability within public safety agencies and possible solutions in overcoming these identified challenges.
Abstract: Achieving interoperability requires addressing operational, as well as technical obstacles to include common procedures and governance agreements. This paper identifies two significant challenges faced by public safety agencies. The first challenge is that public safety agencies use radios that operate in various frequency bands creating frequency incompatibility. Secondly, the majority of agencies have incompatible equipment which inhibits communications interoperability. Interoperability is the ability of field units and agencies to talk and share data in real-time, when needed and as authorized. This exchange of real-time data is seen as critical to public safety. Even with this identified critical need, interoperability is faced with many challenges. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice’ CommTech Program is assisting agencies in developing solutions to these problems.
Main Term(s): Police telecommunications systems
Index Term(s): Communications; Criminal justice information systems; Emergency communications; Information dissemination; Information Systems and Technology; Telecommunications; Telecommunications equipment
Note: NIJ In Short--Toward Criminal Justice Solutions, March 2006
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