Emergency Communications: Overlap and Views on the Effectiveness of Organizations Promoting the Interoperability of Equipment [open pdf - 34MB]
"Public-safety communications systems are used by first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, to respond to various types of emergencies. Interoperable communications systems are important because they allow first responders to communicate with their counterparts in other agencies and jurisdictions, even though the systems or equipment vendors may differ. Currently, the public-safety community uses land mobile radio systems to transmit and receive critical voice communications, but land mobile radio systems may have issues with interoperability and capacity during large-scale emergencies or disasters. [...] We addressed the following questions: [1.] What are the missions and memberships of organizations that promote the interoperability of emergency communications, and to what extent, if at all, are they overlapping or duplicative? [2.] What are selected stakeholders' views on the effectiveness of the efforts of these organizations?"
|Publisher:||United States. Government Accountability Office|
|Retrieved From:||Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/|