Upgrade of the Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS)
Mark Rutledge discussed the status of the RFP and the good responses received from the vendors. Mr. Rutledge explained the RFP was for the upgrade from an analog system to a digital system that would open the opportunities for modern communication technologies such as mobile data.
Report from Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
Joel Schrader from the Kentucky Office of Homeland security informed the committee members of the increased grant applications received from public safety agencies for mobile data and the vast amount of those applications being funded by Homeland Security. Homeland Security has also awarded a 2 million dollar grant to the Commonwealth Office of Technology to deploy the wireless data infrastructure for western Kentucky. The rollout should be competed by May of 2006. Other major Homeland Security Grant awards have been awarded to Barren River and Kentucky River Area Development Districts.
Awards and Commissions
Major Alecia Edgington, Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security presented the Commission of Kentucky Colonel to Ken Born for his efforts in wireless communication interoperability for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Mobile Data Systems
Jim Barnhart presented an update to the KWIEC committee regarding the IPNC Working Group to provide the Network Architecture to interlink IPNCs. After the Working Group completes this task, they will present their findings and recommendations back to the KWIEC. Issues that are still outstanding includes the geographic deployment locations of the IPNCs, MOUs, and some of the cost issues involved with licensing, managing, and administering the IPNCs. Mark Rutledge made a comment that he believed “The task of the Working Group was to come up with a technical design” to interlink the IPNCs and “not tasked to come up with a Governance Structure, MOU or Cost Structure”. Major Edgington responded that at the last meeting KWIEC meeting, she made a motion to “create a new work group that had the sufficient Governance, MOU, and Cost to connect the primary IPNC to link mobile data systems” and make a recommendation as to the technical design of the system as well.
700/800 MHz Working Group
Ken Mitchell informed the KWIEC about 700/800 MHz Public Safety Working Group meetings earlier in the day. Bob Stephens discussed issues relating the 700/800 MHz frequency planning. One such issue is the Nextel 800 MHz re-banding efforts. These re-banding efforts across the United States will occur in waves with Kentucky being in wave two. At the 700 MHz Public Safety Group meeting, Bob Stephens informed the group of a draft plan for the 700 MHz frequency band. A database named CAPRAD will be used to populate the regional polygons with 700 MHz frequency assignments across Kentucky. This database will not only help to assign frequencies to the geographic polygons in Kentucky, but also help coordinate frequency planning with other surrounding states. This frequency planning methodology using the CAPRAD database has also been used in