What is the ISICS Platform?
The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System (ISICS) is a statewide 700/800 Mhz standards-based P25 Phase 2 TDMA compliant trunked radio system for first responders throughout Iowa. The ISICS platform allows users to seamlessly roam and communicate throughout Iowa.
How do I learn more?
Visit ISICS for more information. Motorola Solutions is available to answer your questions and assist in your specific planning efforts to participate on the ISICS platform. Whether you are interested in simply adding radios onto the ISICS Platform or you would like to explore what it would take to meet your local operational needs, we will meet with you and provide all the information you need to decide your next steps.
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Are there ongoing user fees to join the system?
No, while Motorola Solutions designed the system to meet specific technical requirements, one of the core principles set forth by the Iowa legislature and administered by the ISICS Board is that no monthly radio user fees, no core port fees & no microwave bandwidth fees are to be charged to local agencies for use of the ISICS platform.
What experience does Motorola Solutions have with other statewide systems?
Motorola Solutions, Inc. is the leading provider of Project 25 mission critical statewide systems with 36 of the 41 statewide systems in the United States and seven provinces in Canada.
What is the timeline for implementation of the ISICS Platform?
With an implementation timeline of approximately two-and-a-half years, site development and construction will be rolled out according to regional priorities, operational impact, infrastructure availability and regulatory requirements
What are the benefits of the ISICS platform?
The ISICS platform is a P25 standards-based system facilitating mission critical voice-encrypted communications. It provides significant immediate and long-term cost savings through shared resources. It also offers ...
- Minimized capital expenses by sharing the redundant three ISICS Master Sites, redundant geo-prime sites, microwave, hardware and software.
- Statewide coverage with statewide roaming capabilities.
- Ease of migration to future technologies and it is obsolescence-proof.
- Enhanced interoperability with other P25 subscriber radios on ISICS platform.
What are the benefits of using Motorola Solutions radios on the system?
Using a Motorola Solutions APX radio on ISICS allows for full featured access to the system above and beyond the P25 standard. APX radios can be bought directly from Motorola Solutions utilizing the Iowa State Contract.
Does the system allow for using portable radios?
Yes, P25 capable portable radios can be used on the ISICS platform. Given the geography of the state and the known population centers, the ISICS platform was designed to provide baseline coverage based on mobile radio use (95 percent mobile radio coverage of the State of Iowa). While such an approach will satisfy a significant portion of the state, local entities that require improved coverage or increased capacity will be responsible for local enhancements (additional channels, additional sites, etc.) necessary to meet their operational needs.
How is redundancy addressed on ISICS?
The backbone system infrastructure includes three fully redundant core sites geographically separated across Iowa – Storm Lake, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Each core site is capable of operating all sites throughout Iowa. Redundant components eliminate the possibility of single point of failures within each core.