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What is MARCSIP?


Great news. MARCSIP (Ohio’s Multi-Agency Radio Communication System) is available to all Ohio local, state and federal public safety agencies. As a state-of-the-art wireless digital communications platform, MARCSIP puts heightened safety and effectiveness at the forefront, delivering seamless interoperability, secure, reliable communications and cutting-edge voice and data capabilities. Learn how Ohio is enhancing safety.



Imagine how much more effective your agencies could be with …
  • Complete interoperability between towns and cities, as well as neighboring states
  • Blanket wide coverage with the ability to add additional radio sites
  • Real-time data intelligence, such as GPS location, text messaging, and over-the-air programming
  • And more

Interested in joining?

With multiple partnerships available, joining MARCSIP is feasible and cost-effective. Whether you need new radios, a software upgrade or console additions, it’s easy. You focus on the mission; we’ll focus on the technology, maintaining and upgrading the system for optimal performance.



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All the benefits. None of the setbacks.

Communications are the backbone of every mission. Stay ahead with the advanced digital technology of MARCSIP. You have the freedom to choose which devices to use, the ability to unify response with one cohesive interoperable system and the financial foresight to balance budget restrictions with operational needs – all without taking on the hassle of managing the network. As the largest public safety network operator, Motorola has a proven track record of ensuring security, guaranteeing performance and mitigating risk. Our services include regular software and hardware refreshes to keep your system up to date, combat obsolescence and future proof your investment.

Collaborate Seamlessly

The more cohesive your communications the better your ability to respond. MARCSIP unifies agency communications, blanketing the state with 99.71 percent voice and 98.13 percent data coverage. So when the need calls, you can work as one with seamless interoperability.

Maximize Investments, Minimize Costs

No need to layout hefty capital to install and maintain a tower and communications infrastructure. Simply, subscribe to MARCSIP. Doing so gives you control over spending, thanks to fixed operating costs, and the best technology has to offer. And as ongoing upkeep is shared across multiple agencies, savings are greater and expenses predictable.

Position Your Agency to Receive Federal Assistance

By participating in MARCSIP, you align yourself with the highest standards of interoperability set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Level 5. As a subscriber to the regional, shared network, which is based on a Project 25 suite of standards, you make a h3 case for federal funding for DHS grants.

Drop Dead Zones

Your days of spotty coverage and interference are over with MARCSIP. As a subscriber, wherever you go, clear audio follows. That’s because you gain the same number of sites you currently use, plus the coverage of those surrounding your city or county.

Automatically Roam

Whether you’re in a high-speed pursuit, responding to a statewide emergency or traveling on business, trust that MARCSIP will automatically connect to adjacent sites, as well as keep you in contact with your own talkgroup and dispatch.

Expand Capacity

Designed to accommodate all of Ohio’s federal, state and local public safety agencies, MARCSIP can handle up to 256,000 Radio IDs.

Stay on the Cutting Edge

Your job is to protect the public. Ours is to help you do so with reliable, secure communications performing at their peak. That’s why we continually upgrade MARCSIP on a contracted basis, giving you an edge as enhancements are implemented.

Maintain Independence

Count on Motorola for the highest level of control and autonomy in system management. You and you alone can modify your agency’s IDs. Any other agency is unauthorized to do so.

Increase Confidence, Increase Redundancy

If a site should happen stop working, you don’t have to. With many other sites outside your city or county, you have a solid backup plan. What’s more, MARCSIP offers three Towers on Wheels, available for fill-in coverage during an event or extended loss of a tower.

Get An A+ In School Safety

If you’re like most educators, safety is a top priority, given the escalating violence and severe weather. With Motorola, you’re ready. Discover two powerful ways you can better prepare for what tests schools the most.


This compact, rugged, mobile radio provides an extra large and dedicated push button, colored orange for easy visibility to directly alert the local police dispatcher.

Simple, easy to use control head: Designed specifically for school safety emergency alert to public safety dispatcher.

Multi-function knob becomes a large, orange colored emergency button: Emergency alarm is sent to a 911 dispatcher. School radio is uniquely identified and dispatch sends first responder to the location of that radio.

Built-in speaker

Fixed volume: Alleviates the mistake of turning off volume.

One talk group: Alleviates the mistake of changing to non-emergency talk group.

Hot microphone feature: Open microphone allows sounds to be heard by public safety dispatcher.

Can utilize existing ASTRO "alert" protocol.

Can utilize an external ignition sense type switch to ensure the radio remains on at all times that the school has power.

Allows for an external accessory for emergency calls, along with a gooseneck microphone.



If your school is like most, you have only one method to contact police, with a local phone call. While calling 9-1-1 can give the authorities your school’s location, it doesn’t notify them of the location of the incident or crucial second-by-second details. And your school’s two-way radio system is incompatible with those of public safety agencies, forcing you to rely on third parties to relay critical information – until now. Using SchoolSAFE, you can directly relay time-sensitive information to first responders while they’re still in route. Now, they will arrive equipped and ready to control the situation and respond faster, safer, smarter.

The ABCs of SchoolSAFE:

  • Licensed frequencies, the foundation for mission critical communication
  • Technology towers and a master site controller
  • Administration and user interface software to manage the network
  • Best practice know-how to form safety teams
  • SchoolSAFE Communications Curriculum
  • Model 360 Sustainability (hardware, software and training maintenance)
  • Certification for the district and school site involving public safety agents, superintendent, and your SchoolSAFE Channel Partner

The Challenge

As useful as MARCS had proved, its limits were impeding first responders. The legacy system’s capacity was at its peak; core parts were difficult to replace, and interoperability was not an option. Add the excessive spending on duplicative systems and its inability to meet federal mandates, and it was clear to Ohio that an upgrade was imperative.

The Solution

MARCSIP closes the communications gap between agencies and opens the way for greater safety. Seamless collaboration is now possible, thanks to this fully compliant Project 25 Standard platform. Built to accommodate all of Ohio’s federal, state and local public safety agencies, its expansive capacity can grow to 256,000 IDs. And with each comes all the advantages of cutting-edge digital technology -- mission-critical data and crisper, clearer audio. Plus as a shared network, it’s a viable solution for lowering costs, helping agents save money and lives.



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allowing data transmissions, LEADS inquiries, reformatting of data from Mobile Data Terminals (MDT)


providing GPS-based auto vehicle location, resource recommendation and GGM display




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Remain at the forefront of safety technology

Motorola Solutions does not stop innovating to equip your first responders with the latest in safety technology to help them protect themselves and those they serve. Here, you will find every connecting element you need to ensure seamless interoperability: mission critical mobile and portable radios, dispatch equipment and PremierOne, the unified platform that provides a single, real-time operational view. These products are available on the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS). For additional information, please contact your Motorola Solutions sales representative.


APX 4500 P25 Mobile Radio

Compact, easy-to-install dash mount design with basic features. Ideal for agencies requiring a budget-friendly P25 mobile solution.


APX™ 1000 Single-Band P25 Portable Radio

Durable and compact with quality P25 features in an easy to use design. The APX 1000 is ideal for local government and public works users that require a budget friendly P25 Phase 2 solution.

APX™ 3000 Single-Band P25 Covert Portable Radio

Explore how the APX 3000 P25 covert radio can help you communicate securely while blending into the surroundings.

APX™ 4000 P25 Portable Radio

Durable and compact with key features in an easy to use design, the APX 4000 is ideal for agencies requiring a budget friendly P25 Phase 2 solution.


Extend the power and reliability of your APX radios with the only accessories tested and certified for use with APX radios.


MCC 7100 IP Dispatch Console

Take command of a response from virtually anywhere. The MCC 7100 IP Dispatch Console allows you to manage the flow of information from a permanent dispatch position or on the fly from an internet connected laptop or tablet.

MCC 7500 IP Dispatch Console

Make your Dispatch Center an information pipeline, on which first responders can rely for the relevant, real-time intelligence they need with the Project 25 (P25) standard-based MCC 7500 IP Dispatch Console.

MCC 7500 IP Logging Recorder

A fully integrated and certified IP radio recording and replay solution for a Motorola Solutions ASTRO ® 25 network.


PremierOne Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)

Streamline your workflows with a multimedia, NG9-1-1 ready system that transforms your operations with powerful and innovative functionality.


Provide and share secure access to information about people, property and vehicles with a solutions optimized for low-bandwidth environments.


Reduce operational complexity and streamline your booking and detention process with automated workflows and improved information sharing.


Accurately capture and secure all your records data into a single repository for advanced information sharing, powerful efficiencies and unsurpassed security.


One real-time operational view lets you respond with confidence. The PremierOne platform and applications – CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch), Mobile, Handheld, Records and Jail – transform the way your agency operates, collaborates and shares information to help maximize first responder and citizen safety..

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Realize seamless interoperability now.

Take advantage of Ohio's state-of-the art P25 public safety radio system, and simplify your network management while getting access to advanced voice and data radio features!

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Interested in joining?

With multiple partnerships available, joining MARCSIP is feasible and cost-effective. Whether you need new radios, a software upgrade or console additions, it’s easy. You focus on the mission; we’ll focus on the technology, maintaining and upgrading the system for optimal performance.