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Contact: Vicki Helfrich 412 E Woodrow Wilson Ave Executive Officer, WCC Jackson MS 39216 Phone 601-359-5333 Fax 601-359-5362 Press Release Mississippi Wireless Information Statewide Communications Network grows as Jones County Joins Radio Network Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission recognizes Jones County as a Partner with statewide Mississippi Wireless Information Network (MSWIN) Jackson, Miss., Aug. 2, 2012: The Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission (WCC) today voted unanimously to approve the addition of Jones County, Miss. on the MSWIN system. Jones County voted to join the statewide radio system as their primary communications partner. This will provide Jones County with state-of-the-art, interoperable mission-critical communications for first responders throughout the county, as well as with agencies throughout Mississippi. The new Jones County radio system will be able to take advantage of the existing radio system infrastructure of MSWIN and will add one additional tower in the north area of the county. The new Project 25 (P25) radio system will provide the county with enhanced interoperability among all agencies in the county as well as with surrounding counties using MSWIN. It will also allow Jones County first responders to communicate with state agencies during large scale responses, including disaster recovery. The Mississippi state legislature created the WCC in 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane accentuated for state and national leaders the need for survivable, secure, interoperable communications. It also led to the development of MSWIN, a Motorola Solutions P25 700 MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) statewide network launched in June 2007. MSWIN, which is now nearly completed, was fully funded through state and federal appropriations. The three-phase MSWIN project includes the southern and central parts of Mississippi covered by 96 tower sites (Phases 1 and 2), which has been accepted and is now being used daily. Phase 3 is For Release 6 a.m. CST, August 3, 2012 currently in development with completion expected later this year. Today, there are more than 9,000 state and local users on the system and interoperability continues to expand throughout Mississippi. “Jones County is realizing a considerable cost savings by utilizing the MSWIN network instead of having to build their own separate network infrastructure,” said Vicki Helfrich, WCC Executive Officer. “The backbone of the MSWIN system gives Jones County the necessary coverage for all of their users and also expands the footprint of the MSWIN system by integrating one of their current tower sites.” “Utilizing the existing MSWIN LMR contract extends cost savings to local agencies that want to upgrade their obsolete systems while leveraging the large contract value”, Helfrich said. To contact the WCC for questions on joining the MSWIN system, please call Vicki Helfrich at 601-359-5333.
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