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Build or Join? Best Radio System for my Operations?

Brad Barber  (VP, Special Projects, Federal Engineering Inc.)

Dave Ness  (Captain, Des Moines, IA Police Department)

Michael Rohrbacher  (Director of Public Safety Communications, New Mexico Department of Information Technology)

Location: N261

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Track: Emergency Comms: LMR, LTE, 5G, Critical Infrastructure & Private Networks

Format: Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

What are the key considerations for joining an existing statewide or regional communications system versus building system to support your operations? During this session, you will hear the unique perspectives from a public safety agency that made the transition to a statewide system and a statewide radio system manager. The session will also include a summary of the key differences and decision points of the join or build approach from a leading wireless system consultant.


Important considerations for joining a statewide or regional system, from both a user and operator's perspective
Key differences between these approaches, operational and financial
Lessons learned from evaluating these options