Michigan’s Statewide P25 Network Hits 100,000 Users
Monday, July 01, 2019 | Comments

Motorola Solutions and the state of Michigan announced more than 100,000 mission-critical radio users on Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS).

“Almost 1,900 agencies across the state are using MPSCS for seamless communications,” said Brad Stoddard, director of the MPSCS. “This radio system, built by Motorola Solutions, is a role model for how cities, counties, the state, federal and tribal partners communicate together for the common good.”

To showcase an example of the system’s interoperability, Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently communicated directly with first responders in Mackinac County using Motorola Solutions radios.

The state began building the system in the mid-1990s when it was first designed as a statewide solution for the Michigan State Police. Since then it has evolved to the latest Project 25 (P25) standards-based technology, with nearly 300 towers across Michigan for interoperable communications between agencies.

The city of Detroit; Detroit Metro Airport; and Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw counties use the system. Schools, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, also use MPSCS for campus security communications. Oakland County announced that it will implement a Motorola P25 system that will connect with MPSCS. Muskegon County signed a contract with Motorola in June to implement a new system that will connect with MPSCS. Ingham and Kent counties, including the city of Grand Rapids, are in the process of implementing local P25 systems that will also connect with MPSCS.

“Oakland County will have the latest mission-critical communications technology for our first responders,” said Cpt. Mel Maier, commander of emergency communications and operations, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. “In any emergency, we’ll be able to communicate directly with state and federal agencies to coordinate response for our more than 1.2 million residents.”

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