|| Central Arizona Project
|| Upgrade existing EDACS
narrowband (12.5 kHz) channels
As of 2010, CAP operated from "ten mountaintops and several
cell sites" that provide "good coverage along the entire
length of the project from Lake Havasu to Tucson."
However, a 2012 request to the FCC to renew a Special Temporary
Authority (STA) includes this:
"This STA has been necessitated by gaps in radio coverage
at critical locations along the CAWCD canal in Arizona, including
|| Orange County
|| Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)
|| Sacramento and Placer Counties
|| December 2005
|| Not accepted; implementation cancelled
|| Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
900 square mile service area; 550,000 customers
Voice and Data in 900 MHz, two-slot TDMA with 12.5 kHz channels
More than $6 million spent.
Reportedly, the contract was terminated in 2009 with an undisclosed settlement
and a one-year non-disclosure agreement (which has now expired).
SMUD is using a new Motorola system.
|| Northeast Utilities
Operates in the 900 MHz band
(935 to 939 MHz)
|| Palm Beach County
|| April 2001
|| April 15, 2010
|| Partially operational
|| Municipal Public Safety Communications Consortium (MPSCC)
- Town of Palm Beach
- City of Palm Beach Gardens
- City of West Palm Beach
- Village of Atlantis
- Town of Jupiter
- Town of Juno Beach
Phase 1 to use five repeater sites
Palm Beach Police Department has been on the system full-time since April 15, 2010.
As of June 2010,
Palm Beach Gardens and the Town of Palm Beach are on the system.
The West Palm Beach Fire Department determined that OpenSky had not been
used successfully in any fire department in the country.
Jupiter went live on the system on May 5, 2011.
As of June 2011, West Palm Beach has spent $3.6 million on equipment and
$465,000 in maintenance. The city is awaiting final approval to purchase
400 radios for $1.6 million.
Jupiter Police Department transitioned to OpenSky on May 14, 2012.
|| Jackson County
|| Water Authority
|| November 2012
|| $8 million contract
Three-site P25 system with an OpenSky "overlay" for data
|| Newton County
|| $4.5 million
7 repeater sites
575 users (initial)
1,300+ users (expansion)
Additional repeater site added in 2011
|| Cities of Aurora and Naperville
|| December 1, 2010
|| Aurora: $15.9 million
Naperville: $10.1 million
Press reports indicate the system has experienced almost 800
malfunctions between December 2010 to March 2011.
|| Peoria County
|| December 2007
|| Never Built
|| $11.2 million
Contract signed with M/A-COM in December 2007 with an expected go-live
date of June 2010.
From the July 10, 2013 meeting minutes of the Peoria County
Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB):
In 2005, the ETSB went out for bid for a Countywide radio system. At
the time, a proposal was submitted for a P25 Digital Radio System by
another vendor at a cost of approximately $30 million dollars. Due to
financial limitations and the competitive bid process, it was decided
that the Open Sky system, for approximately $11.3 million, would suit the
needs of Peoria County. Due to the inability of Peoria County to secure
the number of radio frequencies required for the Open Sky system, and a
clause in the original contract specific to that, the ETSB was able to
negotiate a change in technology with our vendor, Harris Corporation,
from the Open Sky system to a P25 Simulcast Radio System for the same
contract price of $11.3 million. It took much due diligence on the part
of the ETSB, and specifically the ETSB Technical Committee, to negotiate
that contract Change Order. Ultimately, Peoria County is getting a
more sophisticated and dependable radio system for the same contract
|| Steuben County
|| May 2007
|| January 12, 2011
|| Users reported No Confidence in April 2011
Replaced by a P25 system
| $5.6 million
Eight channels, six repeater sites, 800 MHz
System went live January 12, 2011.
Experienced a total failure on April 5, 2011.
County Sheriff issued a statement of "No Confidence" and
ordered a return to the old EDACS network while the County Commissioners explore
County is building a P25 Phase 2 system to join the Hoosier SAFE-T system
and will abandon the OpenSky equipment. New system is expected to go on
line in Summer 2017.
|| Reportedly operational
|| Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Report of sites going in to Baily and Michigan City power plants.
These are two channel, four slot sites.
|| Apparently operational
(No local reports)
| Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Single-site UHF (possibly call sign KZI382) for buses
|| Oakland County
|| February 2002
|| some agencies active on the system
|| $33 million
Connect more than 80 agencies; 6,000 users
Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS)
Originally slated for completion in late 2004.
As of August 2008, operating in Troy, Farmington and Clawson.
Final system to use more than 40 frequencies; 35 repeater sites
|| Clark County
|| Las Vegas
|| February 2006
|| January 2011
|| Reported as unacceptable in October 2012
Replaced by a P25 system
| Serves Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD)
Original (2006) contract cost of $8.9 million
As of 2011, the "DesertSky" system uses 28 repeater sites
and claims to support more than 12,000 users.
In August 2011, reports of audio quality problems.
In October 2012, LVMPD officially informs Harris that the "Desert Sky" system
cannot meet department needs, after an expenditure of $42 million.
| New Jersey
|| initiative in 2006
|| New Jersey Transit
| New York
|| Contract terminated
| $2 billion
|| Broken Arrow
Three sites licensed: two in Broken Arrow and one in Jenks.
[Broken Arrow (Kenosha Street)]
854.0375, 854.1625, 854.3625, 854.4125, 854.4375,
856.7875, 856.8375, 857.7875, 857.8375, 858.7875, 858.8375, 859.7875
854.0375, 854.1375, 854.1625, 854.1875, 854.2125, 854.3125,
854.3625, 854.4125, 854.4375, 854.4875
856.2625, 857.2625, 858.2625, 859.2625
[Broken Arrow (South Hickory)]
854.1375, 854.1875, 854.2125, 854.3125, 854.4875
Equipment installed in 2010 into police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles.
Includes mobile data connectivity.
|| Allegheny County
|| August 2004
|| Cumberland County
|| August 2000
|| Poor or no signals in some areas
|| Lancaster County
|| December 2000
|| Contract terminated
| Originally a $35 million system
Spent $13.8 million
|| Partial operation
Still not working as planned
In April 2011, State Police report an average of 161 service outages each month.
| $368 million spent as of June 2008
($179 million appropriated by the State in 1996; an additional $189 million appropriation)
Annual operating cost of $22 million
Original plan for statewide coverage called for 268 repeater sites. As of April 2010
the State has deployed over 800 sites in an attempt to provide adequate coverage.
|| May 2009
|| Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
existing DART 800 and 900 MHz frequencies
|| February 2010
|| Continental Airlines at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
|| August 2010
|| Contract Award
|| CenterPoint Energy |
Will replace the current analog trunked radio system and a Data Radio UHF system.
Special Temporary Authority (STA) granted as call sign WQOU588 in February 2012, due to expire at the end of July.
The STA covers operation from three sites, located in Houston, Waller and Pinehurst,
transmitting on 859.8625, 855.1625, and 859.3375 MHz.
|| Lower Colorado River Authority
|| 900 MHz system
Service area covers 50,000 square miles,
"abutting Mason to the west, Houston to the east, Temple to the north,
and San Antonio to the south."
January 10, 2011:
LCRA is currently in the process of migrating from its current
Enhanced Digital Access Communications System (EDACS) to a new
"OpenSky" wireless communication system. OpenSky is a Harris
digital radio technology that will be used for LCRA’s next generation
radio system. LCRA’s migration to OpenSky will utilize the 900 MHz
frequencies covered by LCRA’s extended implem entation plan. Both site
infrastructure and terminal radio equipment for LCRA’s existing EDACS
radio system are no longer being manufactured for this aging technology.
Furthermore, support for this older EDACS system is becoming more
difficult as the expertise is being directed toward the newer technology.
Nevertheless, approximately 8200 of LCRA’s internal and external
customers depend on the EDACS system for their daily operations. As such,
LCRA will continue to work with its customers to provide a migration
strategy that is both economically and operationally feasible.
LCRA will continue to operate in the 900 MHz spectrum with OpenSky,
thus allowing the reuse of existing antenna systems, site infrastructure
and available channels. The radio migration is phased in a five year
implementation schedule to allow for the hardware replacement of 56 sites
and adequate testing during each phase. The phased migration is also
necessary for LCRA to coordinate both internal and external resources.
It is essential that LCRA phases its radio migration to allow its
customers to adequately plan their transitions.
May 9, 2018:
Due to benefits related to cost and coverage, Fayette County focused in the past on adopting
the 900 MHz Opensky system as the standard for their emergency responders. After several years,
it has become clear that the lack of interoperability of the 900 MHz system with surrounding P25
compliant systems is causing significant challenges related to intra-county and regional
LCRA Fiscal Year 2019 Business and Capital Plans
Radio System Migration – FY 2019 Telecommunications Upgrade – The project will upgrade firmware in approximately
3,200 OpenSky radios to allow for conversion to the P25 network commonly used by emergency response organization
dispatchers. The upgrade is based on vendor recommendations and notifications regarding termination of OpenSky support for
the radio system
| Washington, D.C. area
|| Washington Gas
|| August 2009
|| Contract award
|| 20-site, 900 MHz
two-slot TDMA in 12.5 kHz channels
Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia
A November 2012 press release indicates the system now uses OpenSky2
technology, has 22 sites for 900 MHz OpenSky operation, and operates
the P25 system in West Virginia as well.
|| Ozaukee County
Meeting minutes in 2004 indicate the county stayed with EDACS rather than go to OpenSky
due to "problems with voice over IP" and
"Open Sky is still good for data, but still not up to speed with voice."
|| September 2010
|| Police operational as of February 2010
Data services working for Police and Fire
Local reports of police cars and officers equipped with OpenSky radios
as of Summer 2009
Media reports indicate it was fully operational
as of September 2010, although system-wide failures continue to occur
(October 7, 2010, for at least 30 minutes).
Cost: $15 million
Planned project phases:
- Data services
- Fire and EMS
- Health and Public Works
- November 2005
- January 2006
- June 2006
- August 2007
- Sufficient capacity for the city on the county trunked system
- Motorola withdrew from the bidding process, claiming it was rigged for M/A-COM
- The city did not hire an outside radio consultant; the specifications and
Request for Proposals came from city committee
|| 19 regional systems linked together