The City of Portland’s existing public safety emergency radio system is largely comprised of obsolete analog technology from the early 1990’s, with the resources to repair or replace system components becoming rare or non-existent. The radio system has deficiencies that, if not addressed, will result in continued degredation and more frequent communication failures. Many of the existing radio system’s infrastructure components do not meet modern digital communications standards now in use around the country. The City’s existing radio system remains functional, but prolonged reliance on antiquated technology will increase the likelihood of critical system failures.
With that background in mind, the City has undertaken the Public Safety Radio Replacement project. The entire radio replacement project, including a stabilization phase, is funded in-part by General Obligation (GO) Bond proceeds ($38.94 million) which Portland voters approved in November 2010. The stabilization phase was completed in December of 2010 to insure emergency responders could communicate efficiently, effectively, and safely. The primary component for this phase was a new central radio system controller. This action was intended to extend the useful life of the existing system until a full system replacement could occur. In addition, a digital 700 MHz layer for encryption has been installed. Encryption is important to the Police agencies using the system to transmit securely and confidentially on sensitive law enforcement activities.
A replacement radio system is expected to be completed and fully operational by Fall of 2015.
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