Motorola engineers, along with staff from COIRS, completed the final checklist and officially brought the site up on the air this morning. This site is now bringing expanded area coverage and improved in building coverage in Hilliard, Norwich Twp and Brown Twp. The two channel expansion was also completed on all sites but will not be turned on until COIRS receives FCC approval.
Today crews broke ground for the new Hilliard/Darby tower site. The site, which is a partnership between COIRS and Verizon Wireless, will be a 190′ mono-pole tower with two shelters that will serve both entities and provide much improved public-safety radio and private 3G/4G coverage throughout Hilliard and Norwich Township. Completion is expected by the end of September.
As of today, the concrete pads have been poured and the base for the tower is ready.
The upgrade of the COIRS radio network and dispatch center consoles was completed today. Motorola experienced problems bringing the south simulcast up, but we were able to operate Dublin, Hilliard and Worthington off of the Delaware simulcast while the problems were resolved.
All subscribers, talk-groups and consoles are up and fully functional. There are some minor punch list items that remain relating to console configurations that will be resolved tomorrow.
Thank you to Shannon McMellon, Kim Link and the entire team at Motorola and B&C for their excellent work today. Also, thank you to the dispatch staff who worked seamlessly through the interruptions to ensure public safety was never compromised.
Starting on today at 9am, Motorola will complete the upgrade to the COIRS radio system. This upgrade involves a “hard cut” over to the new system and will affect all agencies in Delaware & Franklin County that use the COIRS system. Below are the details of the cut over plan and what to be prepared for when it occurs:
- At 9am, Motorola will move four of the seven frequencies off of the old system to prepare for the cut over. This means there will be only three frequencies available for radio traffic. Please limit non-essential radio traffic between 9am and the actual cut over. There will be “busy signals”, so be prepared for them. Emergency banners will fully work and should be employed if you have emergency radio traffic and get a busy signal.
- Sometime around 12pm, the cut over will take place. The radio system will be completely down for approximately two minutes. When this happens, you will receive an “OUT OF RANGE” indication on your radio. We are recommending that you turn your radio off and back on. This will reset the radio and ensure your radio connects with the new system when it comes up. All radio functions, including emergency banners, will NOT work during this two minute period.
- Should there be a problem with the cut-over, units are to switch over to your designated back up talk-group and check in with the dispatcher. Announcements will be made prior to the cut over and after the cut is complete to make sure all units make the transition.
- Please be patient with dispatchers as they will be operating on walkies for much of the day tomorrow. This is because they are getting new dispatch consoles as part of this upgrade and it takes significant time to cut over each workstation.
- Radio system users do not need to perform any other tasks and walkie/mobiles do not need to be reprogrammed for this upgrade. Once the old system is turned off, your radios will automatically affiliate with the new system and all of the talk-groups, zones and IDs will remain the same.
- If there is an in-progress emergency or inclement weather tomorrow, the upgrade could be delayed.
If you have any questions, contact Jay Somerville or Patrick Brandt.
The network connectivity for the new 7x upgrade was completed to the primary sites was completed and passed testing earlier this month. An upgrade cutover date has been set for Tuesday December 9th. A detailed schedule for the cut over will be provided by December 5th. Access to the system will remain available during the cutover with the exception of console connectivity.
The transition of the Hard Road site will take place starting December 3rd when that site will be taken off line to allow for fiber upgrades and the addition of the new hardware. The installation of the Hilliard Darby site is still pending final design and construction by our partners at Verizon.
If you have any questions about the upgrade, please contact Patrick Brandt or Jay Somerville.
Today, B&C Communications is completing the installation of emergency school radios at each of the Hilliard City Schools. These radios, often referred to as “MARCS in Schools” were installed in the office of each school to enhance security and provide a direct line of communication in the event of an active violence incident at the facility. These radios, which are among the first on the COIRS network, will be monitored by the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center. A protocol that includes an immediate and large scale response by both Police and Fire/EMS has been developed and implemented.
CLICK HERE to see previous news coverage from 10TV about the program.
Hilliard Police are set to go live on the COIRS radio system for their primary operations starting Wednesday 06/11 @ 07:00. Patrol officers will begin using the new talk-groups for all operations. A copy of the new HPD template is located HERE.
The HPD talk-groups on the Columbus System will remain active for back up purposes and as an alternate communications method in the event of coverage problems until the new Hilliard tower is in service.
Congratulations to HPD and welcome to the system!