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  • Effective Wednesday, October 2, 1013, Statewide Radio Network (STARNet) Division headquarters moves to the following address:

8001 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112-9748
Please use the new address as applicable for all deliveries and communications.

  • Effective July 1, 2012, the Office of Public Safety Radio Services and PA-STARNet have moved from the Office of Administration to Pennsylvania State Police. Read this announcement for additional details about the transition. The office is now the Statewide Radio Network Division, part of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Communications and Information Services.

  • The Middle Mile Broadband Project, funded by an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant and carried out by the Office of Public Safety Radio Services (now the Statewide Radio Network Division of the Pennsylvania State Police), is the subject of an article in Government Technology magazine: Statewide Public Safety Network Evolves to Bring Broadband to Rural Pennsylvania.

  • The commonwealth is now offering tower space rental to private companies, local governments and others. Complete an online form to get started. Middle mile broadband connectivity will be available later this year.

           
  • Effective Wednesday, October 2, 1013, Statewide Radio Network (STARNet) Division headquarters moves to the following address:

8001 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112-9748
Please use the new address as applicable for all deliveries and communications.

  • Effective July 1, 2012, the Office of Public Safety Radio Services and PA-STARNet have moved from the Office of Administration to Pennsylvania State Police. Read this announcement for additional details about the transition. The office is now the Statewide Radio Network Division, part of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Communications and Information Services.

  • The Middle Mile Broadband Project, funded by an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant and carried out by the Office of Public Safety Radio Services (now the Statewide Radio Network Division of the Pennsylvania State Police), is the subject of an article in Government Technology magazine: Statewide Public Safety Network Evolves to Bring Broadband to Rural Pennsylvania.

  • The commonwealth is now offering tower space rental to private companies, local governments and others. Complete an online form to get started. Middle mile broadband connectivity will be available later this year.

         

Office of Administration Management Directive 245.15
Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network and Office of Public Safety Radio Services (now the Statewide Radio Network Division of the Pennsylvania State Police), 7/24/2010

Overview and Fact Sheet [Adobe PDF, 84 KB]
PA-STARNet history, technology, use, and development status

The Truth About PA-STARNet [Adobe PDF, 95 KB]
Many have expressed opinions about Pennsylvania's radio project over the years. Want to know the truth?

OA-OIT Radio Annual Report Fiscal Year 2010–2011 [Adobe PDF, 2.6 MB] 
Public Safety Radio Annual Report, including success stories, strategic plan, organization, budget, highlights, statistics, and outreach 

Broadband and Tower Services Overview Sheet [Adobe PDF, 600 KB]
Half-sheet flyer describing middle mile broadband and tower space rental services available from the Office of Public Safety Radio Services 

Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) [Adobe PDF, 12 MB]
Pennsylvania interoperability plan, Version 1.1 3/2008

PA-STARNet Interoperability SOP [Adobe PDF, 1.4 MB]
Standard Operating Procedures for interoperable use of PA-STARNet resources, Version 1.2 2/2011
Note: This version includes links to UHF and VHF overlay coverage maps maintained as separate documents due to size [Adobe PDF, approximately 2.75MB each].

OpenSky Technology
Harris Corporation Public Safety & Professional Communications (formerly Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems, M/A-COM)

Alcatel
Microwave network contractor

RCC Consultants
System design and frequency rebanding consultant

         

Office of Administration Management Directive 245.15
Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network and Office of Public Safety Radio Services (now the Statewide Radio Network Division of the Pennsylvania State Police), 7/24/2010

Overview and Fact Sheet [Adobe PDF, 84 KB]
PA-STARNet history, technology, use, and development status

The Truth About PA-STARNet [Adobe PDF, 95 KB]
Many have expressed opinions about Pennsylvania's radio project over the years. Want to know the truth?

OA-OIT Radio Annual Report Fiscal Year 2010–2011 [Adobe PDF, 2.6 MB] 
Public Safety Radio Annual Report, including success stories, strategic plan, organization, budget, highlights, statistics, and outreach 

Broadband and Tower Services Overview Sheet [Adobe PDF, 600 KB]
Half-sheet flyer describing middle mile broadband and tower space rental services available from the Office of Public Safety Radio Services 

Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) [Adobe PDF, 12 MB]
Pennsylvania interoperability plan, Version 1.1 3/2008

PA-STARNet Interoperability SOP [Adobe PDF, 1.4 MB]
Standard Operating Procedures for interoperable use of PA-STARNet resources, Version 1.2 2/2011
Note: This version includes links to UHF and VHF overlay coverage maps maintained as separate documents due to size [Adobe PDF, approximately 2.75MB each].

OpenSky Technology
Harris Corporation Public Safety & Professional Communications (formerly Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems, M/A-COM)

Alcatel
Microwave network contractor

RCC Consultants
System design and frequency rebanding consultant

         

Training Videos: Radio How-To
A series of short training videos is available in the PA-STARNet channel in YouTube. Professionally-produced video courses cover basic operation of the M7200 and M-803 mobile radios and the P7200 portable radio. Playlists, which appear below the player on the channel's main page, arrange the videos by radio type.

Coverage Mapping Application
Web-based mapping application for agency use, with dynamically configurable layers for PA-STARNet sites, agency boundaries, RF coverage, and so on. The application is available only when connected to the commonwealth network, not over the Internet except using VPN.

Radio Users Collaboration Site
PA-STARNet users have access to a shared online collaboration space to share documentation and discussions. To get access, email jseefeldt@pa.gov.

Public Safety Communications Operations Committee
The Public Safety Communications Operations Committee is a stakeholder group of PA-STARNet users. The committee meets once a quarter to share information about the radio system and services. If you would like to attend Operations Committee meetings, please email jseefeldt@pa.gov. Information from recent meetings is available:

Public Safety Communications Council
The Public Safety Communications Council is an executive-level group comprising commonwealth and county representatives, whose purpose is to guide statewide communications interoperability. Meeting communications and other documents are available to council members and selected federal, state, regional, and county government emergency communications personnel.

         

Training Videos: Radio How-To
A series of short training videos is available in the PA-STARNet channel in YouTube. Professionally-produced video courses cover basic operation of the M7200 and M-803 mobile radios and the P7200 portable radio. Playlists, which appear below the player on the channel's main page, arrange the videos by radio type.

Coverage Mapping Application
Web-based mapping application for agency use, with dynamically configurable layers for PA-STARNet sites, agency boundaries, RF coverage, and so on. The application is available only when connected to the commonwealth network, not over the Internet except using VPN.

Radio Users Collaboration Site
PA-STARNet users have access to a shared online collaboration space to share documentation and discussions. To get access, email jseefeldt@pa.gov.

Public Safety Communications Operations Committee
The Public Safety Communications Operations Committee is a stakeholder group of PA-STARNet users. The committee meets once a quarter to share information about the radio system and services. If you would like to attend Operations Committee meetings, please email jseefeldt@pa.gov. Information from recent meetings is available:

Public Safety Communications Council
The Public Safety Communications Council is an executive-level group comprising commonwealth and county representatives, whose purpose is to guide statewide communications interoperability. Meeting communications and other documents are available to council members and selected federal, state, regional, and county government emergency communications personnel.

Labor Demonstration Safety & Security Support
PA-STARNet provided video support for monitoring of organized demonstrations in Hershey on September 23, 2011. A camera mounted on a State Police helicopter transmitted real-time video of demonstration sites to a command post through a mobile tower for coordination of response to any incidents. Pennsylvania State Police and Derry Township Police Department officials reported that the operation was completely successful, attributing much of that success to intelligence from the video feed.

Shanksville Flight 93 Memorial
PA-STARNet provided communications support for the Flight 93 10th anniversary ceremonies in Shanksville in September 2011. A mobile tower was available for air-to-ground video. State agencies deployed for security and coordination of these high-profile events used the network successfully for voice communications, including Pennsylvania State Police support for dignitary motorcades as well as reporting of helicopter surveillance to the U.S. Secret Service.

2011 Hurricane & Flood Response
PA-STARNet served as the backbone of communications support for response to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in August and September 2011. The network provided emergency managers and responders with the statewide flow of information in real time, allowed for coordination among county emergency operations centers, and supplied operations support for swift water rescue teams. In the storms’ aftermath, damage assessment relied on portable radios using PA-STARNet with a mobile tower in areas experiencing telephone service outages.

Labor Demonstration Safety & Security Support
PA-STARNet provided video support for monitoring of organized demonstrations in Hershey on September 23, 2011. A camera mounted on a State Police helicopter transmitted real-time video of demonstration sites to a command post through a mobile tower for coordination of response to any incidents. Pennsylvania State Police and Derry Township Police Department officials reported that the operation was completely successful, attributing much of that success to intelligence from the video feed.

Shanksville Flight 93 Memorial
PA-STARNet provided communications support for the Flight 93 10th anniversary ceremonies in Shanksville in September 2011. A mobile tower was available for air-to-ground video. State agencies deployed for security and coordination of these high-profile events used the network successfully for voice communications, including Pennsylvania State Police support for dignitary motorcades as well as reporting of helicopter surveillance to the U.S. Secret Service.

2011 Hurricane & Flood Response
PA-STARNet served as the backbone of communications support for response to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in August and September 2011. The network provided emergency managers and responders with the statewide flow of information in real time, allowed for coordination among county emergency operations centers, and supplied operations support for swift water rescue teams. In the storms’ aftermath, damage assessment relied on portable radios using PA-STARNet with a mobile tower in areas experiencing telephone service outages.