LA-RICS Broadband Network Operations Center Launches
Monday, April 02, 2018 | Comments

The network operations center (NOC) for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) opened at the sheriff’s office communication center in east Los Angeles. The location will monitor the more than 60 public-safety broadband network (PSBN) sites.

The LA-RICS NOC was modeled after different command-and-control centers in the nation. “We took the best ideas from NOCs around the country and put them into our design plan,” said Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Al Ortega. “The result is nothing short of amazing.”

The NOC will not only monitor all PSBN sites in the 4,000-square-mile county, but can act as a local control center for future AT&T First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) operations. There is a programmable video screen covering the entire east wall, four 65-inch TVs on the side walls, one 88-inch monitor, one 80-inch smart board and eight work stations each containing six monitors. The west end has a large conference table seating 22 persons.

In addition, LA-RICS is ready to close out the first wave of LMR sites and mobilize for sites next up in the queue, several of which are scheduled to begin the first week of April. During March, significant progress was made on mountaintop sites, despite the challenge of gusting winds of more than 50 miles per hour (mph) and temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The authority and its partner Motorola were able to achieve all of the grant spending requirements for Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) 13,” said Program Manager Chris Odenthal.

The buildout plan for the LMR network entails completing 60 sites by 2020. When fully deployed, the network will provide coverage to public-safety users in Los Angeles County, including the Los Angeles Basin, Los Angeles Coastline, Angeles National Forest and Santa Catalina Island.

The LMR RF design and backhaul engineering teams have undergone the final stages of planning and completed the network design for all system sites. Path surveys have been completed on all microwave links, verifying line-of-sight connectivity between LMR towers. Procurement of radio equipment will span the duration of the site construction phase. The LMR project team plans to test and turn up equipment for initial testing as sites draw to completion and will test the network regionally prior to testing the system as a whole.

The LMR system will provide interoperable radio communications between regional emergency responders and all member agencies and has been designed to work seamlessly with the PSBN. The network will deliver new features to emergency responders and exploit the opportunity for newly developed applications and technologies to improve the efficiency of first responders while making their jobs safer.

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