ICIS WELCOMES ITS 8TH MEMBER ENTITY "COM-NET"

Effective June 1, 2014, the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Communications Network, JPA, has become the eigth member system in our "ICIS system of systems." The ESGVRCN JPA, known as Com-Net, is comprised of the cities of Azusa, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, La Verne, and West Covina. We welcome these fine cities as our latest members of the ICIS family. The addition of the Com-Net P-25 two-site simulcast system cell in the San Gabriel Valley represents a tremendous increase in system coverage and capacity on a regional basis.
ICIS AND T-BAND

ICIS operates on T-Band spectrum (470-512 MHz) and desires to remain within that same highly robust and effective spectrum range. ICIS urges Congress and the FCC to revisit the T-Band bill (Public Law 112-96/HR3630) and either extend the auction date to a more realistic point in time when an LTE Broadband solution for mission critical LMR communications emerges, or to abolish the legislated mandate altogether. There is presently no alternative spectrum available to replace the T-Band that is in use by countless first responders nationally and the cost of migrating T-Band systems to other existing bands is staggering (in the billions of dollars), far exceeding the potential revenues that may be generated by any auction of the T-Band spectrum itself.
WHO IS USING ICIS TODAY?

There are 31 Fire/EMS and Police agencies operating on the ICIS system as their primary means of mission critical and general communications. These agencies represent 22 individual cities and several thousand first responders within Los Angeles County. The ICIS system supports Police, Fire, Emergency Medical, General Government, Public Utility, and Transportation resources in its member and subscriber communities. ICIS is a full service system sustaining both first and second responder resources on a single interoperable communications platform. There are some 20,000 radios affiliated to the system including regional mutual aid resources.
ICIS and LARICS

ICIS and LARICS share the vision of single platform interoperability for all public safety resources throughout the Los Angeles region. ICIS already employs the same LMR technology LARICS has contracted to engineer and build in the future. The systems are fully compatible and, even if under separate governance, quite capable of operating as “one” for all area first and second responders. Through any number of available means and degrees of integration or interface, the systems can co-exist and represent true solutions for all regional resources in a manner that is relatively seamless and, most importantly, virtually invisible to the end-user. The P-25 subscriber units (radios) used in both systems are capable of being programmed with one-another’s talk groups (channels) for immediate and direct interoperability. ICIS already has in place an Affiliate program that authorizes and enables this direct communications capability. Many LARICS agencies already have ICIS talk groups in their field radios. ICIS Member Cities and Agencies are of the belief that “interoperability” does not necessarily mean being mandated to be part of a behemoth system and they value home-rule independence and locally based services. The ICIS cities recognize that interoperability means establishing immediate, efficient, effective, and direct means of mission critical communications between one-another. The ICIS system is a model of independent agencies forming alliances and partnerships and operating together as ‘one’ while at the same time maintaining that core value of independence. The ICIS system of systems accomplishes true regional interoperability between multiple systems and agencies today and will continue to do so tomorrow.
ICIS Holds Annual Strategic Planning Session


A group of over 50 people representing a dozen public safety agencies—including elected officials, city managers, police and fire chiefs, and radio communications experts—met at the Pasadena Tournament House on November 7, 2012 to discuss the future of interoperable communications in the Los Angeles region and to develop strategic goals for the ICIS radio network. Special guest speakers included Erika Olsen (Special Counsel for the Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau) and Stu Overby (Co-Chair of the NPSTC T-Band Working Group) who discussed the background of H.R. 3630 and its potential impacts on public safety communications.
Glendale migrates to P25

As a part of an initiative to move the ICIS radio system to the Project 25 standard, Glendale has contracted to upgrade its radio system. The upgrade is funded through a combination of local dollars and grant funds that have come available from a grant targeting homeland security issues within the region. Glendale was able to step in an utilize these funds when another project in the region was delayed in its deployment.

Glendale News-Press Article

Glendale joins Pomona, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and Culver City in bringing system infrastructure to the Project 25 standard. Montebello and Burbank are seeking opportunities to upgrade their systems as well in order to bring the entire ICIS system to the standard.

ICIS Demonstrates System for Congresswoman Laura Richardson

On Wednesday, November 9, the ICIS Joint Powers Authority hosted Congresswoman Laura Richardson of California’s 37th district at an informational presentation in Beverly Hills. The event included a wide ranging discussion on interoperability, municipal communications systems, emergency response and Federal initiatives in place to assist local responders.

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ICIS Radio System Plays Key Role in Locating Missing Juvenile

On October 19, 2011 a 14 yr old special needs autistic child walked away from Bob Hope Airport when an aircraft that he had boarded had to deplane passengers due to a mechanical problem. When the child's mother was contacted by the airlines looking for the child, the mother contacted Airport police. The investigation revealed that the youth was possibly enroute to West Hollywood. The news media was contacted and the child’s photo and pertinent information regarding the case were provided for immediate broadcast by the media.

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ICIS Moves Toward Project 25
The ICIS Radio System has taken a step toward the Project 25 standard for public safety communications networks with the installation of a new master site to manage network operations. This new suite of equipment will provide the cornerstone for an elegant migration to a Project 25 network and will provide opportunities for agencies looking to build “P25” networks to become part of the ICIS system.

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Public Safety Agencies Need An Interoperable System

The ICIS radio system is a trunked municipal radio system in the UHF spectrum serving communities in the greater Los Angeles area. It has been operating since 2003 when the City of Glendale first brought its component piece of the network on line. Since then, Burbank and Pomona have brought their systems on line. Montebello is scheduled to come on line in November of this year and Beverly Hills and Culver City are under construction.
Using Technology To Save Lives

The ICIS network is the most advanced municipal radio system in the Los Angeles area. It provides an interoperable solution for its users and for subscriber agencies alike. The system covers from the San Bernardino County Line to the Pacific Ocean and provides the ability for it’s users to communicate with one another from anywhere within the footprint of the network

The ICIS system is the most advanced in the region in that it is a level 4 system in the Safecom Interoperability Continuum. This indicates that the system is an advanced network with the ability to have users meet on designated talk groups for interoperability.

Interoperability and Independence

Beyond the technology is the governance of the network. A major selling point is that each agency owners and operates it’s own radio system. The ICIS component is the agreement of all participants to share their networks on a reciprocal basis so that every radio on the system can take advantage of the wide footprint that the composite system presents.

Latest Updates


ICIS Nears Complete Migration To P-25

June 1, 2014


23 of the ICIS system’s 26 wide area repeater sites have been successfully migrated to the APCO Project-25 Standard for full interoperability. Partial funding has been obtained for one of the three remaining sites and the agency is actively pursuing grant opportunities needed to complete the remaining two. Once accomplished, ICIS will shine as a single-platform, state-of-the-art regional radio system that essentially blankets the entirety of Los Angeles County with public safety grade land-mobile radio (LMR) services.

ICIS Goes To Washington

May, 2014


A delegation of ICIS representatives traveled to the Capitol and held a series of 16 meetings in a two-day period with key elected officials and Washington, DC, staffers. This included visits to both State Senate offices, multiple Congressional offices, and federal bureaus and commissions, such as the Federal Communications Commission, Homeland Security Bureau. ICIS is very appreciative of the support we have received from Washington, DC, over the years in the form of direct congressional appropriations and grants that have made system growth possible.

Bob Hope Airport Fire Department Joins ICIS

September 1, 2011

The Bob Hope Airport Fire Department became the newest member of the ICIS radio system. Bob Hope Airport Fire is now dispatched as the Verdugo Fire Communications Center’s newest contract agency for Fire/EMS dispatch services. Read Full



Public Safety Communications: Are the Needs of Our First Responders Being Met?

March 30, 2011

Gregory L. Simay (City of Burbank) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security about first responders' needs for public safety communications. Read Full



2010 Los Angeles Marathon

March 23, 2010

An estimated 25,000 runners took part in the 25th Los Angeles Marathon-2010 that started at Dodger Stadium and ultimately continued through the City of Beverly Hills before finishing in the City of Santa Monica. The Beverly Hills Police and Fire Departments, along with the support of City Staff and volunteers, aided in a safe and successful experience for runners and spectators alike. Read Full



LA IMPACT Highlights the Integration of its Radio System with ICIS

December 29, 2009

As part of its annual report, LA IMPACT describes how it completed the implementation of its new communications system. As an ICIS subscriber agency, the task force now has interoperable communications throughout the region. Read Full



Beverly Hills Demonstrates ICIS for Homeland Security Chairman Thompson

August 19, 2009

Beverly Hills welcomed Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson to the City to showcase the success of its UNITE (Unified Network of Interoperable Technology Enhancements) project, which includes the ICIS radio network. Read Full



ICIS Network Utilized at California Police Chiefs Association Conference

April 28, 2009

During the week of March 1, 2009, the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Department hosted the annual conference of the California Police Chiefs Association at the Pasadena Convention Center. Read Full



ICIS Network Contributes to Success in Pasadena

March 6, 2009

The ICIS radio network was successfully used by public safety agencies to communicate with each other as they ensured the security and safety of participants and attendees at the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. Read Full



Cities To Celebrate ICIS 5 Year Anniversary

December 1, 2008

Cities that are part of a unique municipal radio system this week will be celebrating five years of interoperability. Member cities of the Interagency Communications Interoperability System (ICIS) will be marking the milestone during a meeting and luncheon on Thursday, December 4, at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium Media Room. Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and cities in the San Gabriel Valley, will be honored during the group’s noontime luncheon for his leadership and contributions to the ICIS network. Read Full



Pasadena Joins The Icis Radio System

August 20, 2008

ICIS is very pleased to announce that Pasadena has joined the network as a member agency. "I cannot be more pleased to have Pasadena aboard," stated ICIS Executive Director Don Wright. "This is a natural fit for all of us. Pasadena is in proximity to our other members and has compatible frequencies. In this arrangement, everybody wins."

In joining the network, Pasadena Police and Municipal Services will join the Pasadena Fire Department as a user of the ICIS network. Pasadena Fire has been using the system since November of 2007 as a part of the 11 agency Verdugo Fire Communications System. In having all of it's resources on the network, Pasadena will enjoy the benefits of a municipal radio system that allows all of it's resources to communicate with one another when needed to manage day to day as well as extraordinary situations. As an ICIS member, they will enjoy the use of the wide area coverage the network offers.

More information is available by contacting Executive Director Don Wright at 818-548-6415. Read Full



Glendale Newspress Article: "Emergency system gets funds"

December 20, 2007

Congress passes bill that provides money for multi-agency communication operation in area. Read Full



Verdugo Fire Communications Center (VFCC) becomes the latest agency to join Interagency Communications Interoperability System (ICIS) Radio System.

November 7, 2007
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Glendale Newspress Article: "Frequency Speech"

October 10, 2007

Safety officials demonstrate a new system that allows area departments to easily communicate. Read Full



Glendale Newspress Article: "Burbank, Glendale Seek Link"

August 3, 2007

Response system would allow safety departments to communicate across jurisdictional lines. Read Full



Glendale Newspress Features ICIS

October 27, 2006

ICIS featured in October 24, 2006 issue of the Glendale News Press. Read Full



ICIS Captures Prestigious State Award

September 8, 2006

The League of California Cities has selected the cities of Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Glendale, Montebello and Pomona as the 2006 Helen Putnam Award winners for a regional radio system that allows seamless communication within much of Los Angeles County. Read Full



Burbank Joins ICIS!

May 12, 2006

City expects to improves officer and first responder safety and provides better response time for its community.