Interoperable Communications Program

The Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) is responsible for the daily operations of California’s interoperability efforts to include the implementation of initiatives outlined in the California Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (CalSCIP). As implementation proceeds, the SWIC seeks guidance, input, and recommendations from the joint effort of the California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CalSIEC), Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee (PSRSPC), Urban Area Security Initiative, and regional governance bodies. Duties involve developing and delivering reports and briefings, coordinating interoperability and communications projects, maintaining governance, and assembling Initiative Action Teams to develop key recommendations.

 

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.

 

 

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