September 4, 2008

MSV Expands US Regional Public Safety Communications Networks Coverage

Mobile Satellite Ventures has joined with the State of Washington's Military Department Emergency Management Division to launch the Northwest Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup serving public safety interests throughout seven states in the northwestern US including Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Northwest Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup (NWSMART) is the fifth in a planned network of nine regionally-focused, locally managed talkgroups across the US enabling critical and interoperable communications at all levels of public safety agencies and facilities.

In coordination with Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV), the Washington State Emergency Management Division including its state Emergency Operations Center will manage, provide 24x7 monitoring, and approve participation in NWSMART by federal, tribal, state, and local public safety agencies and appropriate private sector users with a public safety mission.

Susan Miller, senior vice president of satellite services for MSV, said: "The NWSMART, along with our four other regional satellite mutual aid radio talkgroups supported by MSV and managed by separate public safety agencies, are designed to simplify public safety communications interoperability, particularly when terrestrial networks are damaged or congested."