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Oregon SIEC Policy Actions
An Introduction...
In June 2005, following a public review and comment period for stakeholders and other interested parties, the State Interoperability Executive Council adopted five policy actions intended to provide the initial roadmap for the development of the Oregon's interoperable communications plan.
This same plan was used during 2006 and 2007 for three additional policy actions. In August of 2009, the groundbreaking drive test for 700 MHz was reflected in Policy Action 10.
Comprehensive list of all Oregon SIEC Policy Actions. Click Here to download the PDF. 

Policy Action 01-2005
Policy Action 01-2005 - "System of Systems"
It is the policy of the SIEC to promote and support a "system-of-systems" approach to achieving interoperability in Oregon. Through this approach, communication technology gateways will allow the connection of otherwise incompatible public safety communications systems.
This approach builds on existing public safety communications infrastructure and systems deployed throughout the State, and the SIEC finds this alternative to be a feasible option compared to other alternative actions.
  • Public safety communications plans and investments at both the state and local level should be implemented based upon a system-of-systems approach to achieving public safety communication interoperability.
  • The SIEC will work to coordinate state and local public safety interoperability plans and investments to achieve high levels of communication service quality and efficiencies in cost on behalf of Oregonians.

Policy Action 02-2005
Policy Action 02-2005 - "Level 4 Interoperability"
It is the policy of the SIEC to promote and support a statewide level of interoperability that reaches “Level 4” Interoperability as defined and described by SAFECOM.
  • Higher levels of interoperability should be pursued in areas where it is cost effective and necessary for protection of the public.
Note: Level 4 = Gateway (Console Patch) – use of dedicated device(s) to connect systems together, rather than connecting individual radios together.

Policy Action 03-2005
Policy Action 03-2005 - "Statewide Platform"
It is the policy of the SIEC to support the development of a statewide, state constructed, public safety communications platform to serve public safety agency communication needs, and to meet the interoperability needs of the entire statewide public safety communications community, including city, tribal, county, district and federal entities.
The architecture of the communication platform shall include the following elements connected within a virtual private network:
  • Statewide basic infrastructure;
  • Emergency communications virtual private network;
  • Statewide VHF P25 system;
  • Interoperability channel(s) designation(s) for VHF, UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz;
  • Federal IWN system;
  • 700 MHz Data Network; and,
  • Public safety communications access for county, city, federal, tribal, metropolitan and district communications needs.
  • The network basic infrastructure and communications equipment includes the state operation of the statewide VPN.
The State Interoperability Executive Council shall assume the lead for policies concerning the:
  • Emergency communications virtual private network;
  • Interoperability Channel Designation for VHF, UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz; and,
  • 700 MHz Data Network.
The State of Oregon shall assume the lead responsibility for:
  • Constructing, operating and maintaining the statewide basic infrastructure; and,
  • Operating a statewide VHF P25 system for state use.
Unless otherwise provided for by law, Oregon Homeland Security and the State Wireless Infrastructure Group (SWIIG) shall assume responsibility for the State of Oregon.

Policy Action 04-2005
Policy Action 04-2005 - "Virtual Private Network"
It is the policy of the SIEC to ensure access to a public safety communications virtual private network for other public safety agencies that are not agencies of the State of Oregon.
  • These public safety agencies are presumed to have access to the public safety communication platform.
These public safety agencies, at their own discretion, shall determine whether they will connect to the public safety communications platform.

Policy Action 05-2005
Policy Action 05-2005 - "Co-Location of Facilities"
The SIEC will work to coordinate and facilitate future co-location of secure facilities and infrastructure that support public safety wireless communications systems, and the SIEC supports the R56 standard as it relates to grounding, electrical, seismic, cabling, equipment installation and construction techniques.
  • Co-locations will help reduce redundant expenditures, maintenance time, and interference of services at remote facilities.
State and local public safety agencies considering such investments should work closely with each other and the SIEC to facilitate and maximize the functional use of limited and valuable prime locations for the siting of wireless communications infrastructure.
  • Contractors of public safety agencies shall adhere to R56 standard procedures as they pertain to construction and installation of communication facilities.
Contractors of public safety agencies shall follow site access security procedures as outlined by the SIEC or State Department of Homeland Security.

Policy Action 06-2005
Policy Action 06-2005 - "Regional Coordination"
The SIEC supports and encourages regional efforts to plan, coordinate and implement interoperability solutions. To the extent this has not yet occurred in parts of the State, the SIEC recommends regions that are pattered after the Healthcare Preparedness Regions.
The SIEC is mindful that regional borders are “paper only” and should not act as a limitation to communications, coordination or service provision.
Policy Action 07-2006
Policy Action 07-2006 - "Assurance of Access to Interoperability Channels for Mutual Aid"
Where available, authorized public safety services, for no cost to the users, the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) system shall be a means to access federally-designated interoperability channels. Use will be prioritized on a regional basis and channels made accessible for all mutual aid and other authorized purposes.

Policy Action 08-2006
Policy Action 08-2006 - "Nationwide Interoperability Channel Administration"
The SIEC should be the designated authority to administer nationwide interoperability channels in the 150 MHz, 450 MHz, 700 MHZ and 800 MHz bands in Oregon. The purpose of this designation is to assure in all interoperability conditions that these channels are available for emergency use. “Interoperability conditions” includes day-to-day use in areas of concurrent jurisdictions, task force operations, and mutual aid involving multiple agencies. Channels currently designated for nationwide interoperability are:
VHF Radios
155.7525 base/mobile VCALL National Calling
151.1375 base/mobile VTAC 1 National Tactical
154.4525 base/mobile VTAC 2 National Tactical
158.7375 base/mobile VTAC 3 National Tactical
159.4725 base/mobile VTAC 4 National Tactical
UHF Radios
453.2125 base/mobile UCALLa National Calling
453.4625 base/mobile UTAC 1a National Tactical
453.7125 base/mobile UTAC 2a National Tactical
453.8625 base/mobile UTAC 3a National Tactical
800 MHz Radios
821/866.0125 ICALL National Calling
821/866.5125 ITAC-1 National Tactical
822/867.0125 ITAC-2 National Tactical
822/867.5125 ITAC-3 National Tactical
823/868.0125 ITAC-4 National Tactical
As technology emerges and opens other interoperability avenues, the SIEC will assume this same authority in order to promote consistency in the prioritization of use.

Policy Action 09-2007
Policy Action 09-2007 - "Memorandum of Understanding regarding Nationwide Interoperability Channels"
This memorandum of Understanding (MOU) provides guidance for coordination and cooperation among all Licensees of the VHF, UHF and 700/800 MHz nationwide interoperability channels.
To ask all potential Licensees of the VHF, UHF and 700/800 MHz nationwide interoperation channels to voluntarily refrain from installing or requesting Fixed Base Station Licensees until a coordinated effort to limit interference and monitor these channels is put in place by the SIEC.
Only the FCC has the authority to invoke a moratorium on the issuance of licenses. The SIEC is asking for a voluntary moratorium for the State of Oregon, in accordance with SIEC Policy Action 08-2006 until a system is put in place that minimizes potential interference and assures that in all interoperability conditions that the channels are usable.
This moratorium does not include existing licenses such as the Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC) or other similar projects.

Policy Action 10-2009
Policy Action 10-2009 - "Endorsement of 700 MHz for OWIN System"
When originally designed, the need for capacity for a statewide system coupled with the shortage of available VHF frequencies and other cost factors led to a conceptual design for the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) that proposed a hybrid system using both VHF and 700 MHz bands for statewide coverage.  Since that original proposal, new information available led OWIN staff to direct an additional study of 700 MHz coverage on the varied terrain of Oregon.  The results of that study, now being shared nationwide, point to the efficacy of a single 700 MHz system for OWIN. 
In light of this information, the Oregon State Interoperability Executive Council recommends that the OWIN Business Case be updated to reflect this groundbreaking information and address how this new design impacts potential local and regional participation in the OWIN system.
To address history, the OWIN Business Case first published in January, 2007[1] originally recommended a solution for OWIN using both the VHF and 700 MHz bands.  In part, the report states:
“This hybrid approach has several advantages for the state:
  • It provides a high level of interoperability with local jurisdictions’ existing public safety radio systems.  Where local radio infrastructure is primarily VHF, the state will provide VHF coverage, and where local radio infrastructure is primarily 800 MHz, the state will provide 700 MHz coverage.
  • The hybrid design overcomes the fact that there are not enough licensable VHF frequencies to provide the required level of radio coverage without unacceptable signal interference.
  • The hybrid design eliminates the significant cost of constructing enough additional transmission towers to blanket the entire state (especially the rural and wilderness sections of the state) with signal in the 700 MHz frequency range.”
New information available in 2008 led OWIN staff to direct additional research and VHF, coverage characteristics gained or lost due to testing in Oregon to validate whether an all 700 MHz digital radio system for the OWIN network would provide similar coverage characteristics to the existing VHF radio systems, taking into consideration several engineering issues including noise floor for interference, and other technical issues.  The research determined and was reported to the State of Oregon and the SIEC that the OWIN network could be built using only the 700 MHz frequency band and eliminating the dual-band design previously recommended.
The new recommended design conflicts with the previously published and accepted recommendations of the OWIN Business Case.  Therefore, the SIEC requests that an update to the OWIN Business Case be completed and presented to the SIEC for consideration and approval.  The updated OWIN Business Case will explain the change in assumptions, findings and financial risks and benefits from the original dual band design to the preferred single band design for the OWIN system.  The update to the OWIN Business Case should also address how this new design impacts potential local and regional participation in the OWIN systems.

[1] The “OREGON WIRELESS INTEROPERABILITY NETWORK (OWIN) PROJECT Business Case: A Statewide Public Safety Radio Network Deliverable 12-A,” prepared by:  Federal Engineering, Inc., January 23, 2007.