Having undergone operational evaluation during 2009--including use at the Presidential Inauguration, Kentucky Derby, multiple live burns, and other events--the Liberty radio is now being pilot tested under the DHS MBR Program. Each of the participating agencies will conduct a minimum 30-day pilot. The pilots are designed to focus on the capabilities and effectiveness of the technology, with users primarily in a command-and-control role or involved in special operations with multiple entities. Factors such as operating bands, partner agencies and disciplines, interoperable conditions, and geographic landscapes were considered when selecting pilot sites. Feedback provided by participants of the pilot program will help ensure that true interoperability is delivered to our nation’s first responders. [reference July 1, 2009, DHS press release entitled “DHS Announces Sites for Multi-Band Radio Pilot”]
Yes, Law Enforcement; Local, Federal, and State agencies; and DoD can now communicate across all of the public frequency bands using a single portable radio. Interoperability is in the palm of your hand!