As part of our nation's interoperable communications strategy, each
state has adopted a statewide plan for enhancing emergency radio communications.
Wisconsin's Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP),
adopted in 2007, is a locally driven, multi-jurisdictional, and
multi-disciplinary roadmap for communications interoperability. It aligns
local and state emergency response agency efforts with that vision through
shared short and long range goals, objectives, and deliverables.
As a common reference for all
stakeholders to use for information about the status of the statewide
communications initiative, the SCIP is regularly updated. A highly
collaborative process to revise the plan is currently underway to ensure that
the views of emergency responders on the front lines in large, small, rural, and
urban communities across the state are considered. The revised version
will be posted here soon and will include updated objectives, discussion of
emerging issues, and as assessment of our progress toward achieving an efficient
and cost effective statewide interoperability solution.
Elements of the current plan
- Coverage of the state with a
series of conventional repeater systems to allow for a Mutual Aid Radio Channel
(MARC) for use by all public safety disciplines.
- Provision for additional mutual
aid radio channels for simplex (end user radio to end-user radio) communications
in support of multi-discipline operations co-located at a single site/incident.
- Gateways between systems,
including using radio over internet protocol (RoIP) technologies, to enable the
use of an agency's conventional radio channels with other agency radio channels.
This also connects dispatch centers to foster redundancy and a methodology to
back up center operations by another dispatch center. Gateways will be developed
“cross-band” between VHF and 700/800 MHz radio spectrum.
- A shared statewide VHF trunked
radio communications network that, from its early build out stages, will enable
a flexible platform for multiple, simultaneous talk group communication paths
over a larger geographical area and without interference between these
communications paths or an impediment to their real time usage. The shared
system is designed to effectively interface with existing trunked radio systems
compatible with an ISSI interface.
- Standard Operating Procedures
that are not vendor specific, applicable to all public safety disciplines and
joint responses, and fully consistent with National Incident Management
- Functional Specifications for
equipment that fosters interoperability.
If you would like more
information about the Wisconsin SCIP, please contact Tony Peterson.