Maryland's Interoperable Homeland Security System

Uploaded by StateMaryland on 04.04.2012

Hello, I'm Governor Martin O'Malley. For the past ten years, together, we've been
pursuing a set of twelve core capacities for Homeland Security.
The first goal is interoperable communications - the ability to first
responders to actually communicate with one another during an emergency .
All of the radios that our police officers and firefighters carry everyday
should be able to communicate with fellow officers and firefighters as they
are called in from other jurisdictions or from other departments.
We're making great progress towards this important and fundamental goal.
After decades of planning, we have now started building a statewide interoperable radio system
in 2010 that we call Maryland First.
Even as we've cut from nearly every other priority, we've been able to
invest $48 million in the first phase of this project
that will cover the I-95 corridor and much of our critical infrastructure.
And we expect to have a up and running by the end of the year.
It will also give us the opportunity to help local jurisdictions, like Kent County,
and to replace outdated systems and to use the statewide infrastructure - not only for interoperable communications
in large-scale emergencies, but also for daily basic opreability as well.
By working together with us, Kent County for example, will save nearly $5 million.
The video that you are about to see was filmed in Motorola's Customer Center for Solutions Integration.
Our team was able to observe, test, and train on the actual radio equipment
that is currently being installed throughout our State.
I'd also like to give special thanks to Colonel Marcus Brown of the Maryland
State Police - and everyone involved both at the state and local level for getting us this far.
Next is a first glimpse of Maryland's system as it was tested and staged late last year.
Thanks a lot.
The new system is going to be a total game-changer for the first responder
community throughout the State of Maryland
Governor O'Malley established twelve homeland security goals. And I'm very happy
that interoperability is goal one. The new system is being built so that it will
allow the State - all state agencies - to have the latest project twenty five
phase two radio system. It's digital trumped and we're also working with
local jurisdictions so that they can share resources and also have the same
system at the local level. As Maryland is rolling this out in phases, it's going
to be an eight year project. The first phase is in the central Maryland region
and uh... Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland State
Police will be the first users. Some of the testing that we've done this week
on the Maryland statewide system has been, uh... emergency alerts
uh... which is very important. It does not exist
for our agency and some of the other state agencies, uh... currently.
We were looking at the redundancy of the system - so there's a lot of great features that this system has.
With the new system , will all have the exact same equipment - maintenace will be a lot simpler.
C.C.S.I. stands for the Customer Center for Solutions Integration.
C.C.S.I is a place that we've been staging systems for nearly twenty years, now.
The purpose of staging
is that you take all of the customer puchased equipment - the infrastructure ,
the radios, the applications - bring those into this facility ...
set up the entire system .
We cable everything for the customer standards .
When your equipment leaves staging,
we can take the that equipment, those racks, we can take them right off the truck...
we can place them into your site - your master site or your remote site -
power the equipment back up
and everything should be fully operational.
The purpose behind C.C.S.I.
is really two things
uh... number one to reduce depoloyment costs .
The second part is really
all about improving quality.
The uh... facility
just really lends itself to an understanding of what the system is.
You can see everything within eye-view and the big screen makes it possible for a
large crowd, like we have. We have about fifteen folks with us from the State of
Maryland. And everybody can see the test as it's being run on a large screen.
And also, it allows for a lot of hands on experience with radios and the consoles.
...But this is something that I'm glad our agency actually sent people to .
To actually see this. Just having a hand s to actually touch it
is something that you can't read in a book or in a Power Point.
Just seeing the research, the new systems that are here...
the people are great. This new system is going to be huge, not only for our agency, but
all the outside agencies as well as
our civilian counterpart. So it's going to be really a huge game-changer .
It's a lot to learn and certainly we are going to have a lot of training involved in
getting the system operational.
But, I think the end-users see the benefit that they're gonna have help. It's going to make
their job easier and, most importantly, it's going to make the folks on the