SAFECOM and NCSWIC Develop Land Mobile Radio (LMR) for Information Technology (IT) Professionals


Author: Ted Lawson, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Joint SAFECOM/NCSWIC Technology Policy Committee Lead

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Information Technology (IT) professionals are often tasked with planning, provisioning, implementing and managing Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks with the assumption that all computer networks have the same general requirements. However, in some cases this assumption has resulted in LMR networks being inadequately provisioned, resources, and managed or maintained. While each system is a network, significant differences between the two must be considered to address the infrastructure, planning and lifecycle needs of typical IT networks versus the unique requirements of LMR networks.

CISA, SAFECOM, and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) developed the LMR for IT Professionals document to explore how public safety organizations implement LMR technologies, provides LMR system implementation and integration best practices, addresses some LMR operations and maintenance considerations, and discussed possible disconnects between IT professionals and LMR engineers. 

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