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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:53

Pennsylvania Emergency Network Expected to be Fully Online by 2021

(TNS) - The Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet) is the Commonwealth’s closed wireless voice and data network for local, state, and federal public safety entities.

"Since July 1, 2012, it has been the responsibility of the Pennsylvania State Police to develop, operate, regulate, manage, maintain, and monitor the Statewide Radio Network," said state police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski. "Twenty-one state agencies rely on PA-STARNet for communications. In 2017, PSP began to phase out the unreliable and issue-plagued OpenSky radio system in favor of an open radio technology called P25. The P25 radio system is an industry standard and will ensure first responders can seamlessly communicate with other agencies."

One of the main benefits of the P25 system is the fact that it is non-proprietary, which means that local entities (police departments, county 911 centers, etc.) can purchase radios and equipment at lower prices on the open market, said Tarkowski.