National Public Safety Telecommunications Council
Radio Programming Compatibility Requirements Working Group
Most radio vendors use proprietary software in their programmable radios.  This can make it difficult for first responders with limited technical expertise to program the equipment, and, historically, it has often hampered interoperability among radios used by emergency responders from different jurisdictions.  In one particular incident in 2011, Pinellas County, FL's communications manager, Pam Montanari, was unable to connect the county's trunked system to the portable radios used by a neighboring jurisdiction.  As a result, the county failed to receive the assistance it needed to handle an emergency situation.  That incident contributed to the start of a major effort by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) to develop radio programming compatibility requirements for the public safety sector.
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