Fla. police radio in the home stretch

Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System

Related Links

Florida's Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) is entering its final phase to provide a single communications network for the 13 agencies involved in enforcement, officials said today.

The 800 MHz system now covers all but the northwest portion of the state, tying together more than 2,600 officers in the field. The final phase covering the last 16 counties is expected to go online this spring, at which point work will begin on replacing the limited legacy system in parts of central and south Florida.

Funding for the system came from the state and the contractor, M/A-COM Inc., with Florida paying only $40 million up front. Through the revenue sharing agreement, the company will continue to receive payments throughout the 20 year contract, while the government will receive a share of the revenue every time a third party signs up to use the infrastructure. The most recent estimation is that Florida could save almost $622 million over 20 years, according to M/A-COM officials.

Many organizations are members of the Joint Task Force on State Agency Law Enforcement Communications, also known as the JTF Board, which oversees the project. Those agencies include the departments of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Financial Services, Law Enforcement and Environmental Protection.

The board is now working with the Florida State Technology Office to examine how SLERS could be expanded to include a data network. Officials are also looking at Radio over IP as a possible backup for the system. That technology is already in use within the Department of Corrections' Emergency Action Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

Featured

  • computer network

    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

  • Org Chart Stock Art - Shutterstock

    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

  • Shutterstock image: healthcare digital interface.

    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

  • Shutterstock images (honglouwawa & 0beron): Bitcoin image overlay replaced with a dollar sign on a hardware circuit.

    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group