1 JULY 2021

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEROPERABILITY AND OPERABILITY IN PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS

BY CHRIS PERRY

Much discussion has been devoted to Public Safety Interoperable Communications over the years.  It is important to touch on the criticality of operability as well as interoperability in this quick discussion.  We will begin with a definition of each followed by a couple of paragraphs on their importance.

 

Interoperability is the ability of emergency response agencies to talk to one another via communication systems, to exchange voice and/or data with one another on demand in real time, when needed and as authorized.  In other words, the right information, to the right people, at the right time.

 

Operability is the ability of a system to provide the requisite services for which it was designed and installed.  If this minimum cannot be met, then interoperability is unattainable.

 

There is no debate that information exchange for Public Safety Agencies is critical. Each responder should have a basic level of reliability, operability and interoperability with other responders.   All Public Safety Agencies and their stakeholders have the responsibility to quickly and efficiently serve the members of their community in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property in emergency situations. This includes purchasing, building, and maintaining communication platforms and equipment.

 

These platforms typically include public safety radio transmissions, as well as data transmissions over various technologies.  As has been stated previously, the use of end-to-end encrypted systems play a part in this delivery.  These platforms facilitate rapid and efficient interaction among all emergency response organizations and provides immediate and coordinated assistance in day-to-day missions, task forces operations, and mass response events.  This is what drives public safety response.  If responders cannot communicate with each other, or exchange information in a quick, concise manner, the cost could be measured in lives and property lost.

 

It is important to note that there is no one solution and a series of technologies will likely be the best way to ensure that information is exchanged completely and in a timely manner.  Each has its strengths and weaknesses and should be considered as a part of the solution. In addition to traditional public safety radio systems, secured data transmission, such as that provided by Secured Communications, www.securedcommunications.com, should be used to augment the tried and true.  While the lack of interoperability has improved dramatically since 9/11, there are still improvements that need to be made; much of which will depend on the continued, combined efforts of public-private partnerships and cooperation.

 

Chris Perry has 31 years’ experience in Public Safety; is the Former Director of Public Safety for the State of Nevada where he managed nearly 1,500 personnel and is the Director of Project Management and Compliance for Secured Communications, a global technology company specializing in safeguarding communications. With a proven security and technology leadership team, Secured Communications provides ultra-secure, enterprise communications software that is trusted by businesses, public safety and counter terrorism professionals worldwide.

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SAN FRANCISCO | RENO TAHOE  | SYDNEY | LONDON

©2021 SECURED COMMUNICATIONS

  •  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

1 JULY 2021

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEROPERABILITY AND OPERABILITY IN PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS

BY CHRIS PERRY

Much discussion has been devoted to Public Safety Interoperable Communications over the years.  It is important to touch on the criticality of operability as well as interoperability in this quick discussion.  We will begin with a definition of each followed by a couple of paragraphs on their importance.

 

Interoperability is the ability of emergency response agencies to talk to one another via communication systems, to exchange voice and/or data with one another on demand in real time, when needed and as authorized.  In other words, the right information, to the right people, at the right time.

 

Operability is the ability of a system to provide the requisite services for which it was designed and installed.  If this minimum cannot be met, then interoperability is unattainable.

 

There is no debate that information exchange for Public Safety Agencies is critical. Each responder should have a basic level of reliability, operability and interoperability with other responders.   All Public Safety Agencies and their stakeholders have the responsibility to quickly and efficiently serve the members of their community in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property in emergency situations. This includes purchasing, building, and maintaining communication platforms and equipment.

 

These platforms typically include public safety radio transmissions, as well as data transmissions over various technologies.  As has been stated previously, the use of end-to-end encrypted systems play a part in this delivery.  These platforms facilitate rapid and efficient interaction among all emergency response organizations and provides immediate and coordinated assistance in day-to-day missions, task forces operations, and mass response events.  This is what drives public safety response.  If responders cannot communicate with each other, or exchange information in a quick, concise manner, the cost could be measured in lives and property lost.

 

It is important to note that there is no one solution and a series of technologies will likely be the best way to ensure that information is exchanged completely and in a timely manner.  Each has its strengths and weaknesses and should be considered as a part of the solution. In addition to traditional public safety radio systems, secured data transmission, such as that provided by Secured Communications, www.securedcommunications.com, should be used to augment the tried and true.  While the lack of interoperability has improved dramatically since 9/11, there are still improvements that need to be made; much of which will depend on the continued, combined efforts of public-private partnerships and cooperation.

 

Chris Perry has 31 years’ experience in Public Safety; is the Former Director of Public Safety for the State of Nevada where he managed nearly 1,500 personnel and is the Director of Project Management and Compliance for Secured Communications, a global technology company specializing in safeguarding communications. With a proven security and technology leadership team, Secured Communications provides ultra-secure, enterprise communications software that is trusted by businesses, public safety and counter terrorism professionals worldwide.

SAN FRANCISCO | RENO TAHOE  | SYDNEY | LONDON

©2021 SECURED COMMUNICATIONS

  •  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

1 JULY 2021

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEROPERABILITY AND OPERABILITY IN PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS

BY CHRIS PERRY

Much discussion has been devoted to Public Safety Interoperable Communications over the years.  It is important to touch on the criticality of operability as well as interoperability in this quick discussion.  We will begin with a definition of each followed by a couple of paragraphs on their importance.

 

Interoperability is the ability of emergency response agencies to talk to one another via communication systems, to exchange voice and/or data with one another on demand in real time, when needed and as authorized.  In other words, the right information, to the right people, at the right time.

 

Operability is the ability of a system to provide the requisite services for which it was designed and installed.  If this minimum cannot be met, then interoperability is unattainable.

 

There is no debate that information exchange for Public Safety Agencies is critical. Each responder should have a basic level of reliability, operability and interoperability with other responders.   All Public Safety Agencies and their stakeholders have the responsibility to quickly and efficiently serve the members of their community in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property in emergency situations. This includes purchasing, building, and maintaining communication platforms and equipment.

 

These platforms typically include public safety radio transmissions, as well as data transmissions over various technologies.  As has been stated previously, the use of end-to-end encrypted systems play a part in this delivery.  These platforms facilitate rapid and efficient interaction among all emergency response organizations and provides immediate and coordinated assistance in day-to-day missions, task forces operations, and mass response events.  This is what drives public safety response.  If responders cannot communicate with each other, or exchange information in a quick, concise manner, the cost could be measured in lives and property lost.

 

It is important to note that there is no one solution and a series of technologies will likely be the best way to ensure that information is exchanged completely and in a timely manner.  Each has its strengths and weaknesses and should be considered as a part of the solution. In addition to traditional public safety radio systems, secured data transmission, such as that provided by Secured Communications, www.securedcommunications.com, should be used to augment the tried and true.  While the lack of interoperability has improved dramatically since 9/11, there are still improvements that need to be made; much of which will depend on the continued, combined efforts of public-private partnerships and cooperation.

 

Chris Perry has 31 years’ experience in Public Safety; is the Former Director of Public Safety for the State of Nevada where he managed nearly 1,500 personnel and is the Director of Project Management and Compliance for Secured Communications, a global technology company specializing in safeguarding communications. With a proven security and technology leadership team, Secured Communications provides ultra-secure, enterprise communications software that is trusted by businesses, public safety and counter terrorism professionals worldwide.

SAN FRANCISCO | RENO TAHOE  | SYDNEY | LONDON

©2021 SECURED COMMUNICATIONS

  •  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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