Brad Stoddard, Director of the MI Public Safety Comms System (MPSCS) and SWIC, State of Michigan
Brad Stoddard serves as the director of the Office of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) and the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC). His daily role includes administration of a statewide 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network that spans 59,415 square miles and includes more than 344 radio towers and over 147,000 radios utilized by more than 2,230 agencies. The MPSCS connects 126 911 Centers and accounts for an average of 14 million push-to-talks per month. Under Stoddard’s direction, the internationally recognized statewide P25 network adheres to national standards to ensure a stable and secure framework for interoperable communications between local, state, federal, tribal, and private first responders while also pushing the envelope to integrate and aide in the develop of new technologies that will leverage the existing statewide public safety communications investments. Michigan has been labeled the pioneer in developing a statewide communications system that incorporates all levels of participation for interoperability and ranks as a leader in the nation for interoperability. The MPSCS has been used as a technical and business model for numerous other States and Countries as they look to follow on the lessons learned of this mature and trusted system. Board Membership: Michigan's Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board - Vice Chair; NCSWIC Vice Chair, FEMA Region 5 RECCWG Co-chair, NPSTC Executive Committee; P25 Steering Committee Vice-Chair; Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) Chair; and various other memberships and committee efforts that help promote and drive interoperability in Michigan, the region, and the nation.