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Top 3 Benefits of STARCOM for Public Safety

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Monday, September 11, 2017

If your agency has never seriously considered STARCOM for public safety, now is a good time to start – even if you have reservations.starcom21.jpg

While most of the objections to STARCOM, also called STARCOM21 or SC21, have to do with cost, most public safety agency personnel see the cost savings over time and other key benefits that make the transition worth it.

Consider these top 3 benefits of STARCOM for public safety.

What is STARCOM21?

Motorola designed and operates STARCOM in partnership with the state and describes it as “the official statewide public safety radio network of Illinois.” 

STARCOM21 is: 

  • Project 25 compliant
  • 700/800 MHz
  • IP based

STARCOM21 has:

  • More than 270 radio tower sites statewide
  • More than 45,000 users
  • Usage across public safety agencies, municipalities, universities and non-governmental entities

Benefit 1: True Interoperability

STARCOM21 was developed as the state’s interoperable communications platform to seamlessly connect local, state and federal officials, as well as universities and agencies such as utilities. 

No other system in Illinois offers such widespread coverage and connection.

Benefit 2: Long-Term Cost Savings 

STARCOM for public safety may require a larger upfront cost than agencies are used to paying for just radios, and there is a monthly fee.

However, costs are recovered in the long run because the system better positions agencies for the future and is easier to use. 

Benefit 3: Overcome Your Fear of Missing Out

With 45,000 users – and counting – STARCOM21 is growing as it’s adopted by more agencies across the state, big and small.

Current users include: Illinois State Police, the Illinois Tollway Authority, Illinois Department of Corrections, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and, chances are, a municipality near you.

Contact Us for More Details 

Those are just the top 3 benefits, and there are many more.

If you’re not yet convinced or want to learn more about why STARCOM for public safety is right for your agency, contact us today for more information. If you're ready to make the switch, we can discuss the easy application process

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