24 June 2008 – Meeting
LCB 401 S. Carson Street – Carson City, NV
LCB 555 East Washington Avenue–Las Vegas, NV
Steve Albertsen (SA), Carson City Sheriff Office X Ronda Hornbeck (RH), Lincoln Cnty --- Louis Amell (LA), Las Vegas Fire X James Johns (JJ), Reno Police Dept --- Don Belcher (DB), LV Paiute PD --- Tim Kuzanek (TK), Washoe Sheriff’s Office X Robert Chisel (RC), NDOT --- Lester Lewis (LL), Clark County X Dennis Cobb (DC), Chair X Dale Lotspeich (DL), Elko Sheriff X Jake Conely (JC), Sparks Fire Dept --- Dan Newell (DN), City of Yerington X Anthony DeMeo (TD), Nye County X Chris Perry (CP), NHP X Rick Eaton (RE), Homeland Security X Phil Roland (PR), Las Vegas Metro --- Mark Foxen (MF), NV Health Dvsn --- Kay Scherer (KS), Dept of CNR X
Jack Staley (JS), Co-Chair, LV Water X
Valerie Sumner x Glade Myler (GM), Legal Counsel x
Lawrence Casey x
– Valerie Sumner, committee coordinator;
– Dennis Cobb
Notified by Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on an additional Grant – $500,000 – Interoperable Communications Emergency Services training governance, exercises, procedures, agreements. Must have info back
by 21 July 2008.
National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) by DHS almost ready.
Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grant information – $12,000,000 awarded - project plans in for
sub-plans; will send out to members to view. Have out by end of the week; send back comments to Dennis.
Nevada Interoperability Engineering Project; Final NCSC Deliverable Presentation; James Collum & Walt
Currier, CTA Communications – Discussion
JimCollum – Scope of Work – six main task items – Project Module Plan & Timetable; Interoperability Frequency
Plan; Proposed Methodologies and Concept of Operation; Detailed Interconnect Engineering; Detailed Gateway
Engineering; Nevada Tactical Interoperable Communications (TIC) Plan
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No remaining deliverables – final on the Gateway Engineering, discussing today.
Detailed Gateway Engineering Specifications Package
High level Design for Statewide Implementation (Aligns with Nevada State Communications Interoperability Plan
(SCIP)) – Vendor Neutral (non-proprietary) – IP Based using existing microwave and fiber – Allows voice
communications between gateways supporting core systems (bridging systems Interface (BSI) open standard
between gateways) – Allows voice communications between disparate radio systems – interfaces with existing
dispatch consoles – allows designated dispatch centers to monitor cross-band repeaters.
Conceptual Design Assumptions
- 1 Cross-band repeater site (3 interfaces)
- 2 Base Stations and radio interfaces
- 6 Interfaces for core system talk-groups
6 talk paths per system
- 2 Gateway to gateway interfaces
24 talk paths per interface
- Hardware redundancy for gateway switching
- 2 Dispatch terminals (Administration, Management & Voice)
Request for Purchase (RFP) template to support procurement of individual gateway systems – non vendor specific
(non-proprietary) (Aligns with PSIC grant funding)
Includes suggested terms and conditions in addition to technical specifications.
Recommends Vendor qualification process.
Opinion of Probable Costs (based upon a conceptual design).
Based upon gateway conceptual design – Intended to be a guide to set cost expectations (Does not directly estimate the cost of any system proposed in the PSIC grant) – Includes unit cost estimates – Includes installation and
maintenance cost estimates.
Gateway Engineering Follow-on tasks
Develop RFPs for procurement of individual gateway systems
Technical oversight to maintain high level design goals
Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) between core systems to address gateway capabilities.
Walt Currier - Project Summary and Future Work
Completed work tasks – Project Module Plan and timetable; interoperability frequency plan; proposed
methodologies and concept of operation; detailed interconnect engineering; detailed gateway engineering; Nevada
Regional Communications Interoperability Plan (RCIP) project, an integrated project addressing communications
interoperability – technical and operational.
New Interoperability Capabilities
Capability 1 – Cross-band repeaters
Capability 2 – Core System gateways – Concept presented in SCIP; Specifications completed in this project. Capability 3 – Cross-band repeaters connect to Dispatch Centers – Enhanced capability with minimal investment;
utilize the microwave/fiber network.
Continued Interoperability Efforts
Frequency Plan – Resolve frequency issues; develop implementation plan; program user equipment; develop
dispatch center integration plan
Nevada TIC Plan – Tables, Contact information & Communication Assets Survey and Mapping (CASM) for Nevada
TIC; County and core system input for Nevada TIC; County and core system input for Nevada TIC; TIC review
process & identify responsibilities.
Cross-band repeaters – Purchase cross-band repeaters; develop implementation plan for cross-band repeaters;
integrate operational use into existing communication plans; prioritize installation of cross-band repeaters.
Linkages to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) project
Purchase and implementation of cross-band repeaters – Selection of gateway vendor(s) – Selection of dispatch
centers to monitor cross-band repeaters – Completion of TIC
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Change order Status
Additional meetings (Used once & still active) – Cross-band repeater cost estimate (complete) – Gateway cost
estimate (complete) – Frequency analysis (proposed) – Develop gateway RFP for each core system (potential)
RE – Resolving frequency channels – co-channels – we don’t own the frequencies? Overlapping frequencies?
Jim – Set of NTIC & SEC National mutual aid frequencies in 800 MHZ and VHF bands; those plans put into place
without 100% of the groundwork that they would be available. There are co-channel interferences. The Plan
actually interferes with existing licensees. It is a licensing issue.
RE – We don’t own these frequencies?
Dennis – Set up a coherent plan – then do some swapping & switching – the agencies that use them now are using
them in smaller regions of Nevada. As we go statewide we have opportunity (if it’s a mutual aid situation) to swap
out for something used in another part of the state. When we get plan done will approach other agencies and lay it
out for them and show them the benefit to them.
RE – That takes us to the Frequency analysis proposal?
DC – Yes
RE – How many agencies, etc are current on CASM.
DC – 27 people from cross section of agencies.
RE – Development of RFP for gateway contract – large amount of money or can grant money be used? DC – I think we can do it with grant money; RFP of requisite state interoperability features that must be present in
individual system RFPs. Do subset of the overall RFP that state requires and we should be ok.
Department of the Interior's (DOI) ongoing State Outreach program and how we are partnering with states
who are moving forward with large, statewide and regional interoperability communications projects; Chris Lewis –
DC – Chris will give us a presentation on collaborative efforts on Interoperable Communications in the States.
Status report on Nevada and set up relationships.
Chris – Public Safety communications program management with Department of Interior. With Nevada: Bureau of
Land Management, National Parks, Bureau of Reclamations, Geological Survey, Mining, and Bureau of Indian
Affairs. DOI crosses all disciplines – IE: fire, public safety, hospitals, etc. on how best to communicate with each other with voice, data, etc. Potential for DOI to lending resource management and capabilities and radio spectrum
initiative; share resources and infrastructure. DOI interested in where they can partner with Nevada; not to advise.
DOI has the ability to get lots of National attention to problem areas. DOI looks at communications systems the
Federal government brought in; look at: VHF systems; trunking; AES encryption fits 140.2; advanced encrypt
system fits NIS; P25 compliance.
DC – Is there a DOI representative in Nevada who could sit on the NCSC?
Chris – Will look into that.
RE – Partnering examples.
Chris – Montana – 2006 – MOU with State – State owned, managed system with federal radio spectrum. Federal Council member for S. Dakota. Currently working with 16 states.
Report on delayed acquisition of 2006 HSGP Southern Nevada Radio Cache, and request for NCSC
statement of support for immediate action on sub-grant and expenditure to acquire multi-mode, multi-band cache
radios; Dennis Cobb – Discussion/Action
DC – Radio Cache for S. Nevada was delayed due to issues with sub grant of money. $500,000 for radios in the
south; county sub-granting to Las Vegas Metro Police to make purchase.
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JS – Meeting is adjourned. ndTD – 2.
Next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, 8 Aug 2008.
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