Indiana's Statewide Interoperable Communications Plan

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					      Indiana's Statewide
Interoperable Communications
          Plan (SCIP)

Federally mandated

Required by US Dept. of Homeland Security in
order to receive funding (no plan, no PSIC)
Compressed 7 month time period to get plan
written according to very strict guidelines

Why a SCIP?

  Provides a roadmap to develop the people,
resources and process and format to engage
in the planning processes
 Identify where gaps exist
 Develop the processes, identify the
resources and establish timeframes to address

…Follow the Plan
“The purpose of this document is to build upon the
vision provided by local first responders in 1998; to
provide a plan for communications interoperability
based upon the reality of today as well as our vision
for the future. This statewide plan details methods
by which diverse systems may be linked in the
event of a natural or man-made disaster, while
remaining focused upon our ultimate objective – to
encourage and facilitate migration to the statewide
SAFE-T system.”
“Indiana’s mission is to provide an interoperable and
reliable public safety communications system to all
Hoosier first responders and public safety
professionals for use during routine, emergency and
task force situations. We will strengthen community
safety and security by minimizing the financial and
technological barriers to interoperable
communications and by breaking down regionalization
of systems through increased cooperation and
NGA Public Safety Interoperable
Communications Policy Academy

NGA Policy Academy Members
   local law enforcement
   local fire/EMS/public safety service,
   local elected official
   local communications/E911/dispatch community
   state law enforcement
   state homeland security
   owner/operator of a communications system

 Wide-ranging technology across state:
legacy systems in three frequency bands;
150MHz, 450MHz, and 800 MHz.
 Differing regional jurisdictions: i.e. IDHS vs.
ISP vs. INDOT vs. DNR; cities vs. townships,
 Short time frame – only 7 months from
release of SCIP guidelines
 Need to incorporate wide-ranging local input

Tools used
  ICTAP resources/ NGA Policy Academy
 SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum
 Statewide Communications Interoperability Planning
(SCIP) Methodology
 Statewide Interoperability Planning Guidebook
 CASM (Communications Asset Survey Mapping) Tool
for strategic planning
 IDHS Equipment Survey

   Governance – Statutorily established
    structure (Integrated Public Safety
    Commission) represents the diverse range
    of public safety stakeholders across the
   Funding – No user fees/no new revenue
    source created: Nationally heralded best
    practice model

   Technology – While not “bleeding edge,”
    pragmatic technology direction ensures
    support of older analog systems, digital
    radios and possible future 700 MHz
   Usage – 40,000 users currently operate
    on the statewide radio system for day to
    day and emergency public safety
           Moderate Progress
Standard Operating Procedures
 Well-established policies for statewide system use
 Some locally developed SOPs for interoperable
  communications scenarios exist, but universal access
  and knowledge of these SOPs is limited.
 “The state will continue to work to develop and share
  Standard Operating Procedures that foster
  interoperability and improve training and exercises
  for public safety officials throughout the state.”

Training & Exercises
 Focus has been on building and implementing a
  statewide interoperable communications system.
  Lack of resources = inadequate training
 PSIC funds will be used to establish web-based
  training program
 Additional federal funds this year are targeted for
  interoperable communications training
 DHS has selected Indiana to receive regional COML

Our Vision for the Future
  Expand the interoperable communications
network to all public safety agencies
 Provide a common understanding of
communications interoperability throughout
the state of Indiana
 Provide on-demand training for
interoperable communications
Goals, continued

  Coordinate local, state, and federal public safety
resources; tear down agency and geographical
boundaries; and foster cooperation between police,
fire, EMS, and other Hoosier first responder and public
safety agencies.
 Continue to shrink the “system of systems” by
encouraging migration to the state SAFE-T
interoperable communications network.
 Mirror the successful locally driven strategy to
create a vision for next generation integrated data

      Specific Initiatives
Governance Initiatives
     Formalize Interoperability Coordinator
     Formalize Wireless Communications Policy
      Executive Committee as SEIC
     Establish Data Interoperability
      Governance/Planning Framework
SOP Initiatives
     Establish an online repository for SOPs

Technology Initiatives
     INData: develop policy for data
      integration, establish data architecture
      policy and begin to integrate various
      public safety/criminal justice data sharing
      statewide. Plan for statewide data
      information sharing network/coordination.
     Formalize 700MHz strategy

Training Initiatives
 Leverage IDHS’s Training Program
 Develop web based training &
certification program
 Carry out regional interagency, cross-
discipline interoperability exercises on a
biennial basis.

Usage Initiatives
   Common Language
   NIMS Compliance
   Renew MPSCC
   Establish Statewide User Group
   Use CASM to maximize system penetration
   Web-based information sharing
   Amateur Radio User Community
   Annual/Biennial Interoperability Conference

Funding Initiatives
  Leverage grant writing resources for
 Look beyond 2019
 Funding for next generation data

Other Issues
 Integration of the UASI TIC Plan and
coordination with USAI communities
 Expand user groups: NGOs, Transit
Systems, Intercity Bus, Ports, and Passenger
Rail Operations.

Scope and Timeframe

 Performance measures set through 2010
 Statewide and regional user groups as well
as other stakeholders to refine and enhance
the statewide plan as necessary
 Full review to occur biennially

Hard Work Yields Results
  Indiana one of only a handful of states whose SCIP
was approved first round, without major changes.
 Best practices citations
 Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform:
“Recommendation #6: Consolidate emergency public
safety dispatch by county or multi-county region.
Require that new, local emergency communications
systems be compatible with the Project Hoosier SAFE-T
statewide 800 MHz communications system.”

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