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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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Project Hoosier SAFE-T Receives International AwardINDIANAPOLIS, IN – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has named Indiana’s Project Hoosier SAFE-T as the recipient of its coveted 2006 Excellence in Technology Award.
“I am proud that Project Hoosier SAFE-T is rightfully being recognized as a national model," said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. "In Indiana, by connecting first responders of all disciplines together with the highest quality communications system, we have improved the public’s safety and are now better prepared to rapidly respond to a homeland security crisis.”
The Excellence in Technology Award is designed to promote superior achievement and innovation in the field of communication and information technology and is open to local, tribal, state, provincial, federal, and multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies. SAFE-T was chosen “after an exhaustive and highly competitive review of applications submitted from around the world,” according to the IACP. The IACP has invited SAFE-T to accept the award at their Law Enforcement Information Management Conference in June and also to present an overview of the program at their Annual Conference in Boston in October.
ABOUT SAFE-T: Project Hoosier SAFE-T is a statewide, interoperable, wireless public safety communications system for Indiana local, state, and federal first responders and public safety officials. When completed, the SAFE-T network will make it possible for any Indiana public safety professional to communicate with whomever they want, whenever they want across the entire state. The SAFE-T network supports both analog and digital radios, providing 95% mobile radio coverage statewide using 126 communications sites connected by T1 lines and microwave. Project Hoosier SAFE-T is building and maintaining the system backbone: towers, antennas, shelters, generators, transmitters, base stations, cabling and frequencies. Participating agencies provide their own user equipment, including dispatch consoles, radios and computers, which they can buy at a 20-25% discount through the state. Participation is voluntary and agencies pay no user fees. The goal is to make interoperable communications affordable for every community.
Many events point to the need for first responder interoperability: 9-11; The Oklahoma City Bombing; Hurricane Katrina; Indiana tornados; Prisoner transport; Police pursuits; Snowstorms. Each of these events pound home a harsh lesson: whether a monstrous act of nature, an act by monstrous men or day-to-day efforts to keep people safe, the bottom line remains the same. Lives can be saved and suffering can be lessened if first responders involved in protection and recovery missions can talk with each other.
Although most other states are tackling the interoperability issue, SAFE-T is unique in several areas: