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Minimum Standards for Communication Equipment Purchases
Interoperable Communications State Standards
One of the most important aspects of SB 1153 is that it gives OKOHS the ability to create standards for future purchases of equipment and infrastructure made by state agencies in support of communications interoperability in Oklahoma. The goal of these standards is to eliminate redundancy and ensure the compatibility of new purchases with existing technology.
Interoperable Communications State Standards Working Group
OKOHS recently formalized the Interoperable Communications State Standards (IOCSS) Working Group. The IOCSS is composed of representatives from multiple state agencies to recommend minimum standards for communication equipment purchases. It was imperative to include multiple agencies with a vested interest in communications interoperability to ensure the success of these minimum standards. The IOCSS will meet annually, or as needed, to establish and modify minimum standards for communication equipment.
Proposed Phases for State Standards
The following five phases have been proposed by OKOHS:
Phase 1: Implement Subscriber Equipment Standards (Includes Mobile and Portable Radios)
Phase 2: Implement Repeater Equipment Standards (Best Practices)
Phase 3: Implement Infrastructure Standards (Tower Sites)
Phase 4: Implement Tactical Communications Equipment Standards (Gateways)
Phase 5: Implement Data Connectivity Standards
On November 1, 2009, OKOHS implemented Phase 1. All purchases of communications interoperability equipment and infrastructure by state agencies in Oklahoma made after the November 1, 2009 date must comply with Phase 1. Please note it is recommended that agencies at the local, county and tribal levels, as well authorized non-governmental organizations follow the standards set by OKOHS.
Standards for Phases 2-5 will be implemented in the near future. Please check this Web page regularly for updates.
Last Update March 2012
Q: Who can I contact with questions regarding the state standards?
A: Nikki Cassingham, Statewide IOC Planning Coordinator (405) 425-2869 firstname.lastname@example.org
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