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Old 08-09-2018, 9:29 PM
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Editorial in The Day about a vote coming up to fund a new PD and FD radio system. Talking 2.5 million and not 10 as was talked about in the past. Sounds like they want to piggy back off the current state system. They must be talking about CSERN? They wouldn't join the current CSP system would they?
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The Motorola SmartNet system currently being used (mostly) by the State Police is going away in the near future. The new Statewide P25 Phase II system (with the inaccurate name CSERN) will become the only statewide Public Safety system. It is 700 & 800 MHz mix. Still some older radios out there but fewer every week.
Municipal departments are being allowed onto the State system for the first time with Stonington being the first then to be followed by Groton Town PD. Radios have been procured or will be soon and it is expected that they will go live when the new P25 goes online.
There are a number of negatives with doing that. The system is run by the State and I would expect the municipalities to have little voice in decisions being made concerning how it is run. Also, the system is designed for 95% coverage with mobile radios. For 95% (or better) portable coverage, additional infrastructure or mobile repeaters will be needed. I believe there a new simulcast site being built in the Stonington/Groton area.
The up side is that you have a group of people that do radio work full time backed by a service contract with Motorola to take care of the infrastructure. If you are surrounded by CSP towns, you have better direct communications with them and with other users on the network as well. And you can save a bunch of money by not having to buy some of the more expensive parts of the system.

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If I may chime in here. I was speaking with the manager of that new system a couple of months ago. Another positive would greater interoperability. As he explained it, if requested, an engine in Enfield would be able to communicate with an engine in Groton. Also, I believe he said coverage was slightly higher. Thanks.
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If I may chime in here. I was speaking with the manager of that new system a couple of months ago. Another positive would greater interoperability. As he explained it, if requested, an engine in Enfield would be able to communicate with an engine in Groton. Also, I believe he said coverage was slightly higher. Thanks.
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That system is in place already with the 8-call network. Unless you mean they will have the channel programmed into their radios as an option (Hopefully)
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Correct on the 8-call. But the managers point was, I believe, if most FDís were on the Stateís system, interoperability could easily be done by system admins as needed with the same radios. Currently, as you know, fire apparatus need an assortment of radios for interoperability. One communication system for all purposes including data.
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Editorial in The Day about a vote coming up to fund a new PD and FD radio system. Talking 2.5 million and not 10 as was talked about in the past. Sounds like they want to piggy back off the current state system. They must be talking about CSERN? They wouldn't join the current CSP system would they?
Its a win-win, Norwich gets a radio system for 1/4 the price and the state gets more sites and coverage

Put some G4/G5 pagers in there and the departments can get alerted over the trunking system, no need for any other infrastructure
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The 8 call is a completely different system, analog & conventional. The system Norwich would be looking at is 700/800 P25 Phase II (digital & trunked). Some sites are shared and there are patch possibilities onto the trunked system but they are still separate.

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8 call and cspern are already in use as statewide interop systems. So interop shouldn't really be a major selling point for the stateside phase 2 system. Cost on the other hand is. Plus for Norwich they'd be going basically from the caveman days straight to the jetsons.
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