Review the November Key Facts in Adobe PDF. Based on project data through Oct. 31, 2013
The Oregon Department of Transportation’s State Radio Project is replacing aging public safety communications systems statewide.
The radio project is significantly scaled back in scope and cost from its predecessor, the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network. It has been re-engineered, assigned a new schedule and budget, and staffed to better fit Oregon’s fiscal constraints and public safety emergency services needs. The Legislature authorized the revised project in June 2011.
Focused on repairs and modernization, the project is upgrading the existing radio systems for ODOT and the Oregon State Police to create an integrated statewide network and to allow for shared efficiencies with other users of the radio system.
Federal Communications Commission requirements to operate in narrowband mode were met in August 2013. Cutover to narrowband was completed more than two months ahead of the radio project's waiver that extended the narrowband deadline to Nov. 1, 2013.
The project is scoped to build a trunked, two-way radio system in an area that includes the Willamette Valley, north to the Columbia River Gorge, east to The Dalles and south to Bend. Trunking will improve channel access and efficiency in these high radio traffic areas.
The aging analog microwave system will be replaced and upgraded to digital.
The radio project has limited budget for interoperability equipment and is working through the State Interoperability Executive Council and the State Radio User Group to foster interoperability between state and local systems.
ODOT is fulfilling partnership obligations of the OWIN program and met the radio project's 2012 grant deadlines. All partnership obligations are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
The 2013 Legislature approved a budget increase of $20 million to complete the radio project as fully scoped. The new project budget of $229.9 million will provide a complete, modernized and integrated system for radio users and partners.
· New antenna installations at narrowband sites increased in October; work was completed at 17 sites. These new antennas will further improve transmission quality. Narrowband antenna replacement will wind down during the winter and pick up again next spring.
· During October, the FirstNet team continued outreach and education throughout the state, presenting to 12 groups. At the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference in Hood River, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Steve Noel was honored with an Excellence in Telecommunications Projects and Regional/Local Strategies award, recognizing his efforts to promote and improve public safety communications throughout Oregon.
View to the north from Goodwin Peak, Lane County