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NCJ Number: 228487 Find in a Library
Title: RACOM: Privately Owned Public Safety Radio System
Journal: Law and Order Magazine  Volume:57  Issue:7  Dated:July 2009  Pages:37-38,40
Author(s): James Careless
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 3
Type: Overview Text
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines RACOM, a privately owned public safety radio system.
Abstract: RACOM is currently in use in portions of Iowa and its bordering States of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The system is based upon the Tyco Electronics M/A-COM EDACS platform. RACOM has installed towers for the network, is built to public safety standards, and is currently used by 300 agencies who pay a monthly subscription fee. Users find that paying a monthly access fee is a better, easier way to manage alternatives to building, owning, and maintaining their own transmission system. Users report high satisfaction with reliability and coverage of the system, and in particular, praise the company's commitment to their first responder subscribers. The concept of a third-party vendor building and maintaining a public safety radio system is unusual, but provides solid interoperability and radio communications at a very affordable price. Consideration of this option must include an analysis of the corporate culture of the service provider, as the company must be clearly dedicated to supporting the public safety customers they serve.
Main Term(s): Police radio frequencies; Public safety coordination
Index Term(s): Communication techniques; Communications centers; Telecommunications; Voice communications
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