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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.

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.

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Police radio codes, along with 10 codes and the police phonetic alphabet, are part of what makes public safety’s communications style so unique.

The radio lingo specific to police officers and personnel has its own history and patterns, while allowing radio users to communicate faster and more clearly. 

While ten codes for public safety usually get the spotlight, there are other interesting police radio codes to be aware of that are specific to departments and locations.

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If your current emergency equipment plan involves having personnel carry multiple two-way radios to communicate with everyone they need to reach, it’s time to explore your options.

Truly interoperable solutions are available that eliminate the need for juggling radios, and they highlight the importance of updated emergency communications equipment for both today and into the future.

Here’s a look at several ways that digital radios ensure emergency equipment interoperability.

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Anyone familiar with two-way radio lingo such as the military phonetic alphabet will attest that the phrases, codes and terms form their own unique languages.

Public safety, military and civilian users alike can hold entire conversations using the phonetic alphabet or 10 codes that would leave non-radio users scratching their headset-free heads.

Curious? Read on for common phrases in the military phonetic alphabet.

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When people talk about the emergency response system of tomorrow, the predictions are breathtaking: firefighting drones, human-operated robots, real-time 3-D simulations and more.

While some of that may sound more like science fiction than a real possibility – especially given the budgetary and resource concerns facing public safety – there are sound emergency communications investments that departments can make today to prepare for tomorrow.

Let’s take a look at ways that public safety can prepare for the emergency response system of the future.

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The international phonetic alphabet, which we’ll use to refer to the NATO phonetic alphabet, is not only one of the oldest elements of two-way  radio lingo, it’s one of the most universal.

The development of the police phonetic alphabet and military phonetic alphabet demonstrate the widespread utility for public safety and government, particularly over two-way radios, but there are multiple uses for civilian situations, too.  

Here are some examples of how the international phonetic alphabet has taken off – in some cases, quite literally.

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Ten codes, also known as 10 codes, are an important and enduring element of radio lingo, much like the main phonetic alphabet, police phonetic alphabet, and other radio-specific terms. Thanks to popular culture, even people who don’t use two-way radios are familiar with codes such as “10-4,” meaning “affirmative." (If you've ever visited our offices, you've likely heard these terms in use, particularly if you overheard a conversation with Shop Supervisor Emory Ludtke.)

Despite their pervasiveness in multiple industries and law enforcement, codes and other lingo are fading among certain radio users, leading some to wonder: Are ten codes a thing of the past for public safety? Let's take a look whether that's true, and why or why not.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Interoperability

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Why Does My Police Radio System Sound So Bad?

Posted by Tom Treichler on Thursday, August 3, 2017

I can't tell you how many times I’ve heard from a customer, "My police radio system sounds bad," only to find that their radios are not set up correctly.

Not having the right setup and/or not using two-way radios properly will lead to all kinds of performance issues, even if you have the latest emergency communications equipment. This can impact everything from routine conversations to emergency communications and disaster response. Before you call to have your radios or systems serviced, it’s worth the time to try a few troubleshooting tips first.

The simplicity of the solutions here may surprise you, so keep reading for my answer to why your police radio system sounds so bad. Hint: It’s probably not the radios.

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Like other forms of radio lingo such as 10 codes, the police phonetic alphabet grew out of a need for users to communicate quickly, clearly and without ambiguity.

The alphabet endures today not only because of its utility but because of its significant role in public safety culture – it’s hard to imagine officers communicating without it.

Let’s take a quick look at the history of the police phonetic alphabet and its role in public safety.

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Once you start using two-way radios, you quickly realize that mastering the equipment isn’t enough: there’s radio lingo to remember, too, including 10 codes and various versions of the phonetic alphabet.

Like the police phonetic alphabet, military phonetic alphabet and radio-specific terms, the codes were developed to help radio users communicate quickly and concisely under tough conditions.

To help you get started on your journey of learning radio lingo, here’s a look at the most common 10 codes and what they mean.

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