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Las Vegas, Nevada

Timeline

  • February 13, 2006 — Tyco Electronics issues press release announcing $8.9 million contract with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to deploy an OpenSky system. Interoperability with other State of Nevada systems is a key. “Using a series of network gateways, the LVMPD OpenSky system will readily interoperate with the State of Nevada's Shared Radio System, a M/A-COM EDACS system that extends across the major counties of the state, as well as other systems in the area. Interoperability is viewed as a critical component of public safety communications and OpenSky will enable the LVMPD to interact with outside agencies using disparate
  • March 2, 2009 — One user at www.radioreference.com Ineternet forum claims that M/A-COM representatives are saying Las Vegas has “full implementation” of system but other users note old system is still operating and the new system is not in place.
  • March 18, 2009 — An administrator at www.radioreference.com forum posts, “I spoke with the MA/COM reps here on vegas today, and Las Vegas PD is switching over to a 700MHz OpenSky network. The conversion date is imminent. Additionaly, the new network is already deployed and operational, and they had demo OpenSky radios on the network for folks to demo and work with.”
  • October 29, 2009 — System still not implemented. Member at www.radioreference.com forum posts, “Last Thursday Harris techs were doing OpenSky / VHF radio channel patch testing on TAC1.”
  • January 26, 2010 — Member “brechtd” posts at forum regarding system in relation to past failures and the status with LVMPD. “Harris has learned from their past mistakes. The LV system roll out is being done rather slow and after lots of testing. I had seen LVMPD members in Laughlin using the new radios on OpenSky this summer. In the fall they where back on the old VHF system. Obviously they had problems and the deployment was rolled back.”
  • January 26, 2010 — “brechtd” goes on to add, “From sources: I'm still hearing of problems with portables in the Resort/Hotel district AKA the strip from Sahara to Harmon. This is where Harris may show its colors by pointing fingers at other causes rather than design issues. With strong RF congestion and most good antenna sites already taken its going to be a challenge for Harris engineers. Harris and the county got cute and tried to get cozy-up with the hotel owners by offering direct interface with the new radio system. This didn't go over very well. Most owners rejected the idea of giving up space for an antenna or such for the off chance their security may on occasion communicate with LVMPD directly.”
  • October 5, 2010 — “Brecthd” reports at forum. “Harris is confident they will have the OpenSky system "signed-off" by the end of the year. In car installations pretty much all done, Most Metro members are using the OS system radios patched to the VHF system. VHF patching will continue in to the New Year.
  • December 6. 2010 — “Brecthd” reports at forum. “As of last Friday, Techs at Harris are saying "no way they will have all the radios in place before the end of the month (December 31, 2010) It's looking closer to the end of Jan. 2011... " Along with "working out the bugs.... finish the installs.... working on the dead-spots...." its looking end of March or early April before we see the system fully operational.”
  • January 21, 2011 — “Bryan-Herbert” reports at forum. “Spoke with a friend in Las Vegas tonight that works alongside Metro and there have been no advancements with their OpenSky system. Officers and staff refuse to even turn the radios on and don't plan on leaving VHF anytime soon.”
  • May 4, 2011 — www.radioreference.com forum members not that VHF patches for OpenSky (now known as DesertSky system) are being shut off to indicate final phasing in of system for LVMPD has begun.
  • September 6, 2011 —Las Vegas Police Griping About Radios.
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