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Western Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council System (2013)

The Western Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (WMLEC) UHF emergency communication system has been upgraded from a five-site system, to a ten site fully digital system. The system is used as a daily operations system for many police departments in Hampden and Hampshire County and serves a secondary, mutual-aid system for fire, EMS and police throughout the three counties. The upgrade converted current equipment to digital, installed digital equipment at 5 additional sights, expanded system coverage into Berkshire County and addressed gaps in the Hampshire Hills region. The project also linked the WMLEC system and the Massachusetts 800 digital trunked system through an IP Cloud. Several microwave links were also made redundant through fiber links. This project is complete. The system became fully dual-mode functional in the fall of 2015

Reference: Interoperability, Public Safety Communications, WMLEC

Interoperability Consultant (ongoing) (2013)

WRHSAC’s Interoperability Subcommittee utilizes the support of a communications engineering specialist as a subject matter expert for all public safety communication projects it funds. The engineer ensures the system are state of the art design, meet the needs of the region, and helps to determine best avenues for interoperable between different communication systems. This is ongoing.

Reference: Berkshire County Simulcast, Franklin County Emergency Communications System, Interoperability, Public Safety Communications, WMLEC