Planning for FirstNet in Maryland

Planning for FirstNet in Maryland

A Partnership for Marylands Future Regional Sessions Major Ken Hasenei Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Maryland Department of State Police [email protected] Larry Hogan Governor Boyd Rutherford

Lt. Governor 700 MHz Project Progress Region 1 A and Phase II (Eastern Shore) now operational Maryland FiRST now covers 55.73% of States population

700 MHz Project Progress Phase 2, Eastern Shore = Complete and Accepted 48 Sites On-the-air and operational 4 Network Cores in operation All Eastern Shore & JFK MSP Barracks on the system SHA Eastern Shore on Maryland FiRST (District 1 & 2) NRP migrating to Maryland FiRST on the Eastern Shore

Kent, Talbot, Queen Annes, and Caroline on or migrating to Maryland FiRST Other Eastern Shore counties Phase III Major Challenges Upgrade Maryland FiRST to Release 7.14 - Complete Install new console systems at MEMA-MJOC, SHA SOC, SYSCOM/EMRC) Complete Initiate Inter RF Sub-system Interface (ISSI) test with Prince Georges County Scheduled, Fall 2015 Install additional RF sites in Baltimore, Harford, Cecil,

Anne Arundel in 2015. Remainder of Phase III in 2016. Install additional 700 MHz air-ground repeater stations in Salisbury and Lambs Knoll with RX voting and TX steering before end of the year. 700 MHz Interoperability stations in Annapolis (7TAC51), Baltimore (7TAC56 & 7TAC76), and Lambs Knoll (7TAC54). Phase III Outcomes Marylands first comprehensive operational test of ISSI will be completed and evaluated 77+ RF sites on the air covering 83% of States

population Carroll County cell and Frederick County radio sites to be redesigned for enhanced coverage with implementation in 2016 Expanded opportunities for interoperability with Maryland localities, federal government, and adjoining states 9,089 radios activated in Maryland FiRST (February, 2015) Approximately 4,000 federal users now on the system or planning to use Maryland FiRST in future for interoperability Complete interoperability with Delaware State Police; planning with other states in progress

Project Status By the end of calendar 2015, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, and Howard cells expected to be operational; 13 of 23 Maryland FiRST simulcast cells will be on-the-air. In Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties, the most technically challenging part of Maryland, the fiber-optic and microwave backhaul design has been finalized and work to install the system will occur through early 2017 with potential date variances due to weather. Phase IV focus is Allegany County as their public safety

communications system will only be supported by the manufacturer through 2016. Project Status Several State communications on the system SHA Operations Center MEMA Joint Operations Center MIEMSS/MSP SYSCOM Eastern Shore fully operational for State agencies Kent County on the system Caroline, Queen Annes, and Talbot in planning stages with the

Radio Control Board Talbot County adding one ASR site in Bozeman, MD for enhanced coverage Towson University Adding an ASR and implementing system in August, 2015 Phase IV WAGIN Counties Phase IV of Maryland FiRST will be the most challenging part of the project from a RF deployment perspective This phase will add 22 new 700 MHz RF sites

bringing Maryland FiRST to over 100 total RF sites covering approximately 90% of Marylands population plus an additional 700 MHz air-ground station (Dans Rock) Extensively redesigned fiber and microwave backbone will be engineered and installed to expand the States network in Allegany and Garrett counties Allegany and Garrett counties considering Maryland FiRST for their primary public safety communications platform Washington County interoperability solutions with

Phase V Southern Maryland Now in the General Assembly for funding in two phases A new core and redundant core will be acquired to support this phase of the project Simulcast cells planned for: Phase 5-A; Calvert, Charles, and St. Marys counties Phase 5-B; Montgomery and Prince Georges County Enhancements to improve coverage will occur in Dorchester and Montgomery counties to strengthen adjoining cell coverage Capacity of the Howard, Montgomery, and Prince Georges cells will be increased to fourteen simultaneous talk paths each in 5B County infrastructure sharing used to minimize implementation

costs Additional air-ground station for Southern Maryland in Prince Georges and St. Marys counties Project Status Both Allegany and Garrett anticipate applying to the Radio Control Board to join Maryland FiRST. Preliminary high-level State planning for Phase 5-A (Calvert, Charles, and St. Marys counties) is almost complete. Both the Calvert and Charles cells require one new State tower as well as permission from each County

to use a locally owned tower. Preliminary high-level State planning for Phase 5-B (Montgomery and Prince Georges) has just begun. Test of the Inter RF Sub-system Interface with Prince Georges scheduled for this calendar year. Project Changes Federal law requires the existing users of T-Band frequencies to migrate to other bands by 2021. This mandated change impacts the MTA, a large user of T-Band spectrum. Planning is underway to migrate the MTA from T-Band

to Maryland FiRST. Requires 8 frequencies in the Baltimore cell Requires 2 frequencies in the Howard, Montgomery, and Prince Georges cells Planning to expand these cells as part of Phase 5-B Project Modifications Maryland FiRST has a primary and redundant core for existing mainland components and a second primary and redundant core for the Eastern Shore. Additional primary and redundant cores will be designed for

Southern Maryland for enhanced capacity. All cores are linked through fiber optic and redundant microwave paths. The project will also consider a technological migration from T-1 to newer Ethernet technologies. Air-ground communications are being delayed by Motorolas inability to support transmitter steering for conventional digital stations. Baltimore Disturbances Baltimore Disturbances

Baltimore Disturbances Maryland FiRST provided new communications capabilities that had never been available to the State. Maryland FiRST worked very well and provided excellent communications support. Communications strategies were kept simple recognizing the large presence of law enforcement personnel from outside the Baltimore area. Radios for out-of-state troopers were flashed with the MD CALL and Tactical Talkgroups when needed. The City patched to 8TAC91 and 8TAC92 while State operations patched to 8TAC93.

Gary Davis served as the States communications leader. (ComL). SWIC Role Baltimore Disturbances Chargers Batteries-Various states of charge Programming equipment Support Team Shifts/Scheduling/Relief 800+ affiliated radios on Maryland FiRST Not everyone needs a radio Locals dayshift

Capacity and Comms volume Baltimore Disturbances Chargers Batteries-Various states of charge Programming equipment Support Team Shifts/Scheduling/Relief 800+ affiliated radios on Maryland FiRST Not everyone needs a radio Locals dayshift Capacity and Coms volume

Baltimore Disturbances Lessons learned for communications or issues meriting further review: KISS principle worked well; keep it simple. 1000 affiliated radios on the system while scanning BPD Tac 1 and Tac 2 To provide administrative, logistical, and other support for local governments during extraordinary events, expansion of MD CALL and MD Tactical talkgroups to other intrastate and interstate agencies not affiliated with Maryland FiRST needs to be considered.

Baltimore Disturbances Data Interoperability Role of SWIC Setting up a central reporting location for Comms Having effective communications with other states and agencies Having agencies Comm sections pre-deploy to coordinate and program BEFORE boots on the ground PSP, VSP, DC Guard, NSJ, OEC, DHS, Local agencies Com L , Com T, Com U

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