Originally Posted by PanJurekMrJerry
I thought that the SWRCN and Strongsville EDACS frequencies were to be merged into tbe Cleveland TRS. Are there enough frequncies for all the 'burbs to join? Also wasn't the purpose of Ohio building a County system for Cuyahoga County as a radio system for all county cities to use? If so why is Cleveland doing this after Ohio already did it?
This is my take
as to the decision process that has taken place.
The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and MARCS (State of Ohio) have been working together on the move to P25 systems for roughly the last decade. A big part of this process was determining the best design to get access to the maximum amount of Federal funds. In other words, provide the maximum usability/functionality while keeping local community costs as low as possible.
It was decided that MARCS (acting on behalf of County County) and the City of Cleveland would both apply for the federal funds for P25 controllers and infrastructure upgrade costs. Both received Federal grants and both ordered P25 controllers.
While the federal funding process was running its course; MARCS, Cuyahoga County and Cleveland were discussing deployment options.
Factors affecting the deployment decision.
1. Cleveland due to its size warranted its own system (P25 controller).
2. Several Cuyahoga County communities owned or were part of existing trunked radio systems (SWRCN and Parma).
3. Many of Cuyahoga County's East Side Communities had mutual aid pacts with Western communities in Lake and Geauga County's.
4. Lake and Geauga County's which had their own trunk systems, were talking with MARCS regarding possible mergers/upgrades to MARCS P25 systems.
5. MARCS, Cuyahoga County and Cleveland decided that the disposition of the Federal Grant dollars awarded for infrastructure upgrades would be handled by a joint Cuyahoga County and Cleveland committee. Funds would awarded only to communities joining MARCS or Cleveland's P25 systems. No money was to be awarded for narrow banding existing stand-alone systems.
The outcome is what we have today. The Cuyahoga County controller went to Columbus to become a MARCS Zone controller. Cuyahoga County is part of that ZONE.
Cleveland deployed its controller (P25 system), offering services to local communities.
Lake and Geauga County's both merged with MARCS. The Cuyahoga County East Side Communities with mutual aid to Lake and Geauga County's went to MARCS.
The MARCS and Cleveland P25 systems have multiple links (patches) for interop use.
Finally the last factor, ongoing operating costs. MARCS is roughly $20 per month per radio. Cleveland is $5 to $8 per month per radio.