Lake Worth moving to Fort Worth RR

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BenScan

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Here's a new development I noticed on the upcoming Fort Worth City Council agenda.

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DATE: 8/15/2017 REFERENCE NO.: **C-28318 LOG NAME: 04CITY OF LAKE WORTH COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AGREEMENT
CODE: C TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT: Authorize Execution of a Communications System Agreement with the City of Lake Worth for Participation in the City of Fort Worth's Two-Way Public Safety Radio System at No Cost to the City of Fort Worth (ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS)

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RECOMMENDATION:
It is recommended that the City Council authorize the execution of a Communications System Agreement with the City of Lake Worth for participation in the City of Fort Worth's two-way Public Safety Radio System at no cost to the City of Fort Worth.




DISCUSSION:

The City of Fort Worth (City) maintains Agreements to provide access to its two-way radio system by other public safety agencies in Tarrant, Johnson, Dallas, Denton, Parker, Ellis and Palo Pinto counties. In return for this access, external agencies help offset the City's expenses through the payment of annual fees. In addition, access to the Fort Worth Public Safety Radio System by multiple jurisdictions enhances the ability of emergency responders to communicate with one another when responding to incidents.

In June 2017, the City of Lake Worth (Lake Worth) approved a Communications System Agreement to operate on the City's Public Safety Radio System. Lake Worth will provide its own radios and dispatch center, but will utilize the City's radio infrastructure for its public safety communications. The estimated annual revenue is $24,084.00.

To ensure the software levels of the radio system remain current and under support, the City will utilize a Motorola System Upgrade Agreement that encompasses all external agencies that maintain dispatch consoles. The use of a single Software Agreement to cover all users results in a 14 percent discount in the cost for all agencies, including the City. Lake Worth will reimburse the City for its portion of the System Upgrade Agreement.

This contract will be with a governmental entity, state agency or public institution of higher education: (City of Lake Worth).

FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:
The Director of Finance certifies that Information Technology Services Department has the responsibility to collect funds due to the City under this Agreement.




The following is from the Lake Worth City Council Minutes from 6/16/2017 included a couple of related radio items.

The Lake Worth Fire Department is looking to secure fire dispatch with Tarrant County Fire Alarm on a full time basis. Tarrant County Fire Alarm (TCFA) offers many features that would benefit the Lake Worth Fire Department and its citizens. They have two to three dispatchers on June 13, 2017 City of Lake Worth Council Minutes 6843 duty at all times. These dispatchers generally have a background in fire or EMS and are trained in EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch). The benefit to this is they can give each EMS call a priority response, and give first aid instruction to bystanders. The TCFA is also able to monitor all radio traffic of departments on the west and south side of Tarrant County including Fort Worth Fire. TCFA can provide a separate tone between a fire call and an EMS call; providing a pre-alert tone for a structure fire and dispatch all units at the same time. Other features include the use of Mobile Dispatch Terminal (MDT) in the fire vehicles with GPS and mapping features (real time) and an app that can be seen on different devices. The TCFA software can support the use of status boards throughout the station and can be setup with predetermined response ques for different types of alarms or a coverage response. A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER FERGUSON, TO APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH TARRANT COUNTY FIRE ALARM (TCFAC) FOR LAKE WORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT DISPATCH SERVICES FROM JULY 1, 2017 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 FOR $9,200.00 AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE SAME. MOTION TO APPROVE CARRIED 7-0.

F.5 DISCUSS AND CONSIDER A SYSTEM PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH MOTOROLA SOLUTION, INC. FOR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $579,000.00, AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE SAME. APPROVED City Manager Stacey Almond presented a PowerPoint presentation.

This item is to consider approval of a system purchase agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for radio communications equipment and services in amount not to exceed $579,000.00. The current radio system has several issues including lack of range, coverage in areas, digital function is not compatible and UHF digital channel is not functional. The proposed Motorola P25 System would benefit the Police Department, Communications Division, Fire Department, and Public Works. The Motorola solution includes a combination of hardware, software and service for the city. The Tarrant County 911 Board approved a grant in the amount of $322,453.00 for the purchase of two (2) MCC 7500 Dispatch Consoles for the City of Lake Worth. Tarrant County 911 supports improvements for interoperability for member cities and a regional radio system. Staff recommends accepting the grant funding from Tarrant County 911 in the amount of $322,453.00, purchase additional equipment, as identified in contract documents from Motorola and participate in the Trunked Radio System through an ILA with the City of Fort Worth (Item F.6). June 13, 2017 City of Lake Worth Council Minutes 6844 A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO TEM WHITE, TO ACCEPT THE GRANT FUNDING FROM TARRANT COUNTY 911 IN THE AMOUNT OF $322,453.00, TO APPROVE A SYSTEM SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. FOR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $579,000.00, AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE SAME. MOTION TO APPROVE CARRIED 7-0. F.6 DISCUSS AND CONSIDER A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF FORT WORTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRUNKED VOICE RADIO SYSTEM AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE SAME. APPROVED City Manager Stacey Almond presented the item. With the approval of Item F.5 (Motorola radio communications system and equipment), this agreement is necessary to participate in the Trunked Voice Radio System through the City of Fort Worth. This agreement will provide the City of Lake Worth the ability to have interoperable communications on the trunked system which facilitates, enhances and simplifies the radio communication program. By connecting to this radio system, we also benefit from connecting to the site repeater system and the City of Fort Worth Master Switch. The City of Fort Worth is the holder of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) license(s) that the radio system uses for its operations. All radios in the trunked system are required to be Project 25 (P25) compliant. To be a part of the interoperable system the city is required to pay an annual Infrastructure support fee in the amount of $34 per month, per subscriber radio or console. The annual cost is $24,084. The cost associated for the City of Lake Worth is the following: Subscriber Fees Police Department $ 885 Fire Department $ 510 Public Works Department $ 544 Console Fees $ 68 Total (per month) $ 2,007 A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER NARMORE, TO APPROVE A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF FORT WORTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRUNKED VOICE RADIO SYSTEM AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE SAME. MOTION TO APPROVE CARRIED 7-0.
 

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Will be interesting to see if any other TCFA agencies such as Blue Mound, Saginaw, River Oaks, Sansom etc. follow as well.


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I hope and pray Azle PD will step up to the plate and get a safe radio system for their officers. The VHF radios they are on now are going to get an officer hurt. Hopefully will go to FWRRS or Parker County P25.
 

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Anyone heard anything new on this? I posted earlier today about some new TGIDs I heard on the system on Layer 2, wondering what their timeline is and if some of these new TGIDs could be new Lake Worth TGs..
 

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Equipment and infrastructure is nearing completion. Field testing is live now. No primary operations yet
 

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Equipment and infrastructure is nearing completion. Field testing is live now. No primary operations yet


What sites is testing happening? On Layer 1 & 2? Is it going to be set up like other cities with Primary ops on Layer 2, and Back up on Layer 1? Any word on encryption?


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Primary is Layer 2 with B/U on Layer 1. No word on encryption yet. Should be live by end of November.
 
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