Four New York counties look at 911 consolidation two years after radio upgrade

Deltek Analyst Evan Halperin reports.

In 2010, Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Cortland and Oswego counties worked together to form the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium (CNYICC). At present time, the Onondaga County Interoperable Communications System (OCICS) is the only one that is fully online. The counties, minus Cortland for the time being, are looking at working together again to develop a better 911 system.

While the CNYICC just spent upward of $36 million on radio upgrades and interoperable connectivity, Onondaga County spends half its budget on technology, and moving to the next best-available system is currently on the table. The county hopes to share the costs of various technologies used within the dispatch center and emergency vehicles. Computer aided dispatch (CAD), 9-1-1 systems, and other tracking systems could be shared and, in turn, bring considerable cost savings to each of the counties.

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