The City of Portland’s existing public safety emergency radio system is comprised of obsolete analog technology from the early 1990’s, with the resources to repair or replace system components becoming scarce and difficult to find. The radio system has deficiencies that, if not addressed, would have resulted in continued degradation and more frequent communication failures. The City embarked in 2010 to modernize this critical tool for public safety by upgrading the core controller to modern digital standards.
Thanks to the generosity of the citizens of the City of Portland, PSSRP undertook the Public Safety Radio Replacement project. The entire radio replacement project is funded in-part by General Obligation (GO) Bond proceeds ($38.94 million) which Portland voters approved in November 2010. The primary goal of the Radio Replacement Project is to complete a total refreshment of radio equipment at each of the 15 radio sites to bring the system up to digital standards (known as Project 25 Digital Radio standards). This also entails changing out 1000’s of handheld portable radios and mobile radios inside the City, and working with our agency partners in the Multnomah County region to insure their radio equipment is compatible with any modernization that the City will install. This project is now well underway. A digital 700 MHz layer for encryption was completed early in this project and has been utilized by the Police Bureau for encryption of transmission to securely and confidentially send and receive information on sensitive law enforcement activities.
When the radio system is completed in the Fall of 2016, many other agencies will have the ability to utilize the encryption services.
Meet the members of the City's Implementation Team