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Talking in Texas With TIP

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Date Published
October 2008
3 pages
This paper describes the development and implementation of the Technology Improvement Project (TIP) offering Texas improved regional communication between emergency responders.
TIP, the Technology Improvement Project for the Middle Rio Grande Region of Texas, is a Project 25 (P25)-compliant, spectrum-efficient, VHF-trunked infrastructure system that is shared with local, State, Federal, and tribal users. The area served by the system covers roughly 15,000 square miles in nine counties. P25 is suite of standards intended to help produce equipment that is interoperable and compatible regardless of manufacturer. TIP replaces communications systems purchased with law enforcement assistance grant funds 30 years ago. A number of the agencies served by the system are small and rural. Using the VHF band allows more radio coverage in a rural area. Estimated cost for the project upon completion is about $8 million. TIP moves from a wideband to narrowband radio channels. The fact that it is trunked together compounds the efficiency of the system. Another component of the project is development of a region wide records management system (RMS) for sharing data, and providing wireless data access. The RMS will allow users across the region to easily share information. The goal of TIP is to get everybody on the same page.

Date Published: October 1, 2008