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Minimum Standards for Interoperable Communications Equipment

Background and Senate Bill 1153

In the state of Oklahoma, cultural resistance to change and limited funding has held the communications capabilities of most agencies well behind the current standard and has caused systems to be developed independently of one another. In order to resolve some of these issues and create a more formalized process for communications interoperability planning, the Oklahoma Legislature passed Senate Bill 1153 (SB 1153) in early 2009. 

SB 1153 is critical to communications interoperability efforts in the state of Oklahoma for several reasons: First, it names the OKOHS as a central point of contact for all statewide communications interoperability planning. Next, SB 1153 enumerates the planning duties for OKOHS. Some of these duties include:

1. Oversight and implementation of the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP);
2. Coordination of a migration plan for use of communications interoperability technologies including aid to connect disparate systems used     by public safety agencies; and
3. Assistance with applying for, receiving and holding authorization for frequencies and channels for state agencies.

Click here to download and view SB 1153. 

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 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. 

Click here to download and view the State Standards for Phase 1 Subscriber Equipment. 

Standards for Phases 2-5 will be implemented in the near future. Please check this Web page regularly for updates. 

 

Last Update March 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can I contact with questions regarding the state standards?
A: Nikki Cassingham, Statewide IOC Planning Coordinator (405) 425-2869 ncassing@dps.state.ok.us