What is Interoperability
One of the most prominent issues facing the public safety community today is the lack of communications interoperability, which is commonly defined by many as "the ability of public safety emergency responders to communicate with whom they need to, when they need to, as authorized." Communications interoperability serves as a vital tool for public safety and public service professionals, whether they are responding to a major incident, conducting a task force operation, or coordinating responses to daily events. This capability can provide life-saving support and can streamline response coordination efforts under a myriad of circumstances, including incidents that employ emergency responders from multiple agencies or jurisdictions. To maximize such a capability, California recognizes that an agency must be operable before it can be interoperable across agencies and jurisdictions.