P25 | 2019-07-02

Michigan’s P25 Public Safety Communications System Hits 100K Users

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

Motorola Solutions and the State of Michigan are celebrating more than 100,000 mission-critical radio users on Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS).

This represents the strong commitment Motorola Solutions has made to provide the state’s first responders with leading-edge communication technologies for almost 25 years.

“Almost 1,900 agencies across the state are using MPSCS for seamless communications,” said Brad Stoddard, director of the MPSCS. “This radio system, built by Motorola Solutions, is a role model for how cities, counties, the state, federal and tribal partners communicate together for the common good.”

Michigan’s Governor Whitmer recently celebrated this significant milestone when she met with public safety fraternal organizations and the MPSCS in Lansing. To showcase an example of the system’s interoperability, she communicated directly with first responders in Mackinac County using Motorola Solutions radios.

“Celebrating the success of the MPSCS team with our public safety partners acknowledges the commitment we have made over the past two and a half decades to our first responder users,” said Theron Shinew, Deputy Director of the MPSCS.

The state began building the system with Motorola Solutions in the mid-1990’s when it was first designed as a statewide solution for the Michigan State Police. Since then it has evolved to the latest Motorola Solutions ASTRO 25 land-mobile radio (LMR) Project 25 standards-based technology, with nearly 300 towers across Michigan for interoperable communications between agencies.

Motorola Solutions works closely with the State of Michigan to provide 24x7 service and a variety of solutions including APX™ two-way portable and mobile radios, consoles for dispatch centers and more.

“We're passionate about making our communities safer,” said Chris Lonnett Vice President of North America Government, Central Region Sales at Motorola Solutions. “Interoperable communications built for the needs of first responders and partnering government agencies is the foundation to help keep communities safe.”