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Serving First Responders

The attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, brought to the forefront the need for interoperable communications. MPSCS is reacting to this need by providing a state-of-the-art statewide communication system. Today local first responders are integrating simulcast subsystems into the MPSCS system. This is a win-win for the new local users who experienced the benefits of MPSCS system interoperability and core system management as well as current MPSCS subscribers who received enhanced radio coverage.

The August 2003 blackout, which was the largest in United States history, proved the value of MPSCS. While commercial wireless carriers were failing due to overuse and lack of emergency power systems at their tower sites, MPSCS continued to provide dependable uninterrupted communications to its users. MPSCS also played a role to State of Michigan Emergency Management through its Network Communications Center, by identifying the blackout area through its alarm and control capabilities. Recently, MPSCS has provided interoperable communications for multiple agencies for large scale events like the 2005 All-Star Game and the 2006 Super Bowl.