Developing Multi-Agency Interoperability Communications Systems: User's Handbook [open pdf - 1003KB]
This handbook is the result of a developed and focused effort by the ODP to address interoperability and is intended to enhance communications among the numerous agencies who would respond to large-scale terrorism incidents or emergencies. This handbook provides pragmatic information and practical steps on setup and operation of a multi-agency interoperability communications system using the highly adaptable ACU-1000 Modular Interface/ Interconnect System (ACU-1000), and the TRP-1000 Transportable Radio Interconnect System (TRP-1000). Section Two, Introduction to Multiple Agency Interoperability, provides background on multiple agency interoperability communication along with basic information on the ACU/TRP-1000 Gateway Switch/ Interoperability Communications System, including a general overview of its operation. Section Three, Establishing an Interoperability System, outlines the basic set-up and initial operating procedures of the ACU/ TRP-1000 Interoperability Communication System. Section Four, Technical and Tactical Considerations, presents valuable insight and experience gained through a survey of jurisdictions that have had operational experience with the ACU/TRP-1000 Interoperability Communications Systems. Section Five, Operating System Models, is provided to further assist users involved in setting up their own multi-agency interoperability communication system. This section presents descriptions of setup and deployment by jurisdictions that are using the ACU/TRP-1000. These system models demonstrate the potential for achieving a high performance system. From these reviews, new users will be better prepared to set-up and operate comprehensive systems that take full advantage of the capabilities of the ACU/TRP-1000.
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