LANSING – A strategic partnership to help Michigan’s first responders with additional technology choices for emergency communications technology has been announced by the Office of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications Systems and Harris Corporation

This effort will continue to focus on a reliable, secure and interoperable communications for the first responders across Michigan.

“No single emergency communications system – no matter how large or complex – can meet its communications challenges alone,” said Brad Stoddard, Director of the MPSCS. “Today’s systems demand new partnerships, achieving together what no one organization can accomplish alone. Partnerships play an important role in ensuring value-added operation of the MPSCS 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network. Tested and proven interoperable communication must always be at the ready, from reliable equipment to processes and connectivity.”

This partnership will continue to improve interoperability and information sharing among public safety sharing among public safety agencies across the state of Michigan and with bordering states.

“Harris is honored to work with the Michigan Public Safety Communications Systems,” said Nino DiCosmo, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “We look forward to a long and trusted partnership with the MPSCS.”

Beginning in mid-1990, the state of Michigan made a significant infrastructure investment that provides statewide public safety radio communications for local, state, federal, tribal and private agencies. While the MPSCS was first implemented to serve the Michigan State Police (MSP), the value was far greater to expand to all public safety agencies in the state.

Today, MPSCS provides a stable, secure framework for interoperable communications to more than 1,700 local, state, federal, tribal and private first responders and supplies a public safety communication resource for citizens. The Office of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System employees operate and maintain one of the largest and most mature public safety trunked communication system in the world.

This statewide 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network that spans 59,415 square miles and includes more than 253 radio towers and more than 94,000 radios. The system is at the forefront of public safety communications, providing rapid response and facilitating cooperation of emergency personnel through statewide coverage and advanced technology. It is a reliable, easy-to-use system that adheres to national standards. System operation is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure its readiness to assist Michigan’s first responders.