Dallas County Joins Iowa Statewide P25 Network
Monday, April 10, 2017 | Comments

Dallas County, Iowa, is now connected to the expanding Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System (ISICS). The county is expected to be operational on the Motorola Solutions-built ISICS by May.

During the next few weeks, county first responders will get ready to use the system by training on new Project 25 (P25) two-way portable and mobile radios, along with new dispatch consoles for the county’s emergency communications center.

“Dallas County needed to upgrade its VHF communications system, which has operational limitations due to narrowbanding and adjacent jurisdictions that operate on multiple other radio systems,” said Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard. “Interoperability was impossible, and it was a challenge to communicate across the county for daily operations. With our new Motorola Solutions simulcast P25 700 MHz trunked system and connection to ISICS, we finally have the opportunity to converse operationally countywide with law enforcement, fire and EMS services and across the state. This has been a need for many years that is now being finalized.”

ISICS has been operational since July 2016 and is built on P25 technology. Westcom Emergency Communications, a consolidated dispatch center for the cities of West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Norwalk and Waukee, connected their P25 system to ISICS in mid-2016.

“Westcom’s migration to ISICS is beneficial to the responders in our five communities and ultimately the citizenry we serve by improving interoperability,” said Assistant Chief of Logistics Rob Dehnert from Westcom.

Several emergency management agencies across the state are in the process of joining ISICS. The Woodbury County STARCOM system will be operational on ISICS in June, and Mills County is the latest to announce that it will join the system and expects to be operational in early 2018.

ISICS has already played a crucial role in providing seamless communications at major events held in Des Moines, including last year’s Iowa State Fair and the National Governors’ Association (NGA) 2016 summer meeting.

“The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to be a part of this interoperable solution for public-safety agencies in Iowa. Finally, agencies will be able to communicate seamlessly with their mission-critical radios during emergencies,” said Bureau Chief Thomas Lampe from the Iowa DPS Communications Bureau. “Having one statewide radio platform is a great solution and a clear path towards total statewide interoperability.”

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