Communications interoperability is the foundation for improving response efforts among public safety and emergency services agencies. Ensuring rapid, clear and secure voice and data communications is essential to effective emergency response, particularly when multiple agencies and jurisdictions are involved. In an interoperable environment, communications are seamless, coordinated and integrated.
Although tremendous progress has been made in developing communications interoperability at the state level, a fully interoperable environment does not fully exist today.
- Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications
- SAFECOM Program – Program working to achieve interoperability across federal, state, and local governments.
- National Institute of Justice – NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.
- National Public Safety Telecommunications Council – NPSTC facilitates implementation of public safety communication recommendations.
- Project 25 Interest Group – Project 25 is the standard for interoperable digital two-way wireless communications products and systems.
- APCO International – Promoting interoperability for public safety officials.