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Today, most public safety agencies operate stand-alone radio systems. Only officers who use compatible equipment can communicate with each other. However, costs associated with any system infrastructure - towers, equipment and system maintenance - are expensive. In fact, radio towers and system maintenance can comprise as much as 60 percent of the total network cost.

Project Hoosier SAFE-T saves money for local jurisdictions by eliminating user agencies' system infrastructure costs. The IPSC is committed to providing an effective, reliable statewide network for public safety agencies. Local officials can invest dollars in other crime fighting activities.

SAFE-T Eliminates Local Infrastructure Costs

The SAFE-T network can generate significant savings for participating agencies. Installation and maintenance of system infrastructure is the most expensive portion of any communication network. Expenses for building a single communication site can be as much as $500,000, plus periodic maintenance costs.

Agencies who join the SAFE-T network don't have to worry about investing in infrastructure costs. IPSC provides the system infrastructure, which can generate significant savings for local agencies and jurisdictions.

The IPSC has committed to providing the statewide network infrastructure with no monthly or annual fees, so agencies only need to provide less expensive user equipment for dispatchers and front-line users. The SAFE-T network will save lives and save on the bottom line!

SAFE-T Permits Agencies to Manage System Resources

Even though IPSC is building a network that reaches all of Indiana, it does not mean that agencies lose system control. The SAFE-T network provides talkgroups - user lists that allow each agency to decide who will communicate on the network and which discussions can be heard by persons outside the agency. For instance, agencies can establish a talkgroup specifically for commanders, so critical strategic information can be discussed without being broadcast to a wider audience. Also, they can establish talkgroups that allow officers to communicate with each other, or to call a neighboring jurisdiction for assistance. Either way, the SAFE-T network allows agencies to manage their own system resources.