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What is MARCS?


Great news. MARCS (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, MARCS 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 MARCS 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 MARCS. 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.

  • All state agencies use MARCS

  • 75 of 88 Sheriff's use MARCS for Primary Communication

  • Over 30 Counties use MARCS for Public Safety Communication (PD/FD/EMS/Department of Health)

  • # of Additional Counties are over 50% users of MARCS for Public Safety

Collaborate Seamlessly

By using this daily your communications the better your ability to respond. MARCS 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 MARCS. 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 MARCS, 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.

Reliable Coverage

Your days of spotty coverage and interference are over with MARCS. As a subscriber, wherever you go, clear audio follows. Continue to improve coverage with partnerships with City/County and Local Agencies.

Automatically Roam

Whether you’re in a high-speed pursuit, responding to a statewide emergency or traveling on business, trust that MARCS 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, MARCS currently has over 137,000 radio users that can interoperate for any Statewide event or incident.

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 every 2 years these enhancements are occurring.

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, MARCS offers three Towers on Wheels, available to deploy three Tower on Wheels and cache of interoperable radios.

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

MARCS 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 128,000 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 1500 Single-Band P25 Mobile Radio-Original

Durable and compact with quality P25 features in an easy to use design, the APX 1500 is ideal for local government and public works users that require a budget friendly P25 Phase 2 solution.

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 6500 Single-Band P25 Mobile Radio

Ideal for agencies requiring single band operation, easy to install design and future P25 Phase 2 capability.

APX™ 8500 All-band P25 Mobile Radio

Achieve unlimited interoperability, secure WiFi connectivity and purpose-built design to enable ease of installation and removal with the APX 8500.


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.

APX™ 6000 P25 Enhanced Portable Radio

The enhanced APX 6000 P25 single-band portable radio supports WiFi®, Adaptive Audio Engine, and Bluetooth® 4.0, while continuing to deliver trusted performance.

APX NEXT All-Band P25 Smart Radio

APX NEXT brings performance advancements to every aspect of the police radio experience, to keep responders safe and effective. Available in single-band and multi-band configurations.

APX™ 8000 All-Band P25 Portable Radio

Achieve unlimited mobility with the APX 8000’s all-band access, the clearest audio and seamless Wi-Fi connectivity.

APX™ 6000XE P25 Enhanced Portable Radio

The enhanced APX 6000XE P25 single-band portable radio supports WiFi, Adaptive Audio Engine, and Bluetooth® 4.0, while continuing to deliver trusted performance in an extreme form factor.

APX 900 Single-Band P25 Portable Radio

Focused on efficiency, with quality P25 features in an easy to-use-design, the APX 900 is ideal for government services and public works organizations who need a great value P25 radio.


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.

APX™ 7500 Multiband Consolette

ASTRO® 25 desktop dispatch solution equipped with multiband interoperability and P25 Phase 2 TDMA technology.

MCC 7500E IP Dispatch Console

Better manage the flow of critical information and be the pipeline of intelligence to those who need it most with the MCC 7500E IP Dispatch Console.


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.


V300 Police Body Camera

Continuous-operation body camera with detachable battery remains operational beyond a 12-hour shift.

WatchGuard 4RE In-Car Video System

In-car video system for law enforcement


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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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 MARCS 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.