7/6/09 - Better radios could mean better interoperability

Tuesday - 7/14/2009, 5:52pm EDT

Homeland Security will soon play guinea pig to a new multi-frequency radio that may improve interoperability during an emergency. A pilot program will evaluate multi-band, hand held radios that would allow first responders to talk on different frequencies. DHS says the program which will include 14 organizations would provide users with improved incident communications capabilities. The only potential snag? Convincing the first response community the equipment is a good investment.