Los Angeles Regional                    Interoperable Communications                               System                 ...
Overview            • Emergency Communications Needs            • Program History                    – Legislative Impacts...
Need For Interoperability             • 10,000,000 residents occupying 4000 square miles             • Risk to high profil...
Project History     January 2009  Joint Powers Authority formed     April 2010    Request For Proposals (RFP) released    ...
Project History (cont.)       January 2012 Proposals received in response to dual LTE/                    LMR procurement ...
H.R. 3630     • In Feb, 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and       Jobs Initiative of 2012     • Provides...
A. B. 1486       • A.B. 1486 – Authored by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara       • Provides LA-RICS a limited CEQA exemption ...
Spectrum Feasibility Studies        • H. R. 3630 introduced considerable risk to a T-Band only          deployment        ...
LMR System Description       • There are 109 LMR tower sites available for the LMR network               – May incorporate...
Secondary Responders       • Secondary Responder needs became a strong         consideration                • Unnecessary ...
Broadband (LTE) Issues       • NTIA suspended approval of use of funds for LTE equipment pending         direction from Fi...
Current Procurements          • Per the direction of the JPA Board of Directors, LA-RICS will            issue two new RFP...
Questions?                                                                    Bill Fujioka                                ...
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  1. 1. Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System California Contract Cities Association 32nd ANNUAL FALL SEMINAR October 6, 2012 1© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Overview • Emergency Communications Needs • Program History – Legislative Impacts • Spectrum Studies • LMR System Issues • LTE System Issues • Current Procurements • Questions? 2© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Need For Interoperability • 10,000,000 residents occupying 4000 square miles • Risk to high profile attractions and critical infrastructure • Multi-jurisdictional responses to small and large scale events • 81 public safety agencies provide 34,000 first responders • 17,000 secondary responders • Multiple localized public safety communications systems • Lack of communications across jurisdictional lines compromises response effectiveness 3© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Project History January 2009 Joint Powers Authority formed April 2010 Request For Proposals (RFP) released May 2010 LA-RICS received FCC Waiver to establish 700MHz Interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network and a $154.6 million BTOP grant. July 2011 LA-RICS cancels procurement – California Public Contracts Code October 2011 Assembly Bill 946 (Lowenthal) Enabled LA-RICS to proceed with a turn-key procurement November 2011 New Request for Proposals released for single LTE and LMR contract 4© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. Project History (cont.) January 2012 Proposals received in response to dual LTE/ LMR procurement Feb. 2012 Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Initiative of 2012 (H.R. 3630) April 2012 LA-RICS placed procurement on hold to further analyze impacts resulting from H.R. 3630 August 2012 LA-RICS Board of Directors voted to cancel RFP and issue two separate RFPs for LMR and LTE Sept. 2012 Assembly Bill 1486 (Lara) enacted allowing limited CEQA exemption October 2012 New RFP for LMR will be released Dec. 2012 New RFP for LTE will be released 5© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. H.R. 3630 • In Feb, 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Initiative of 2012 • Provides for use of the D-Block for public safety • NTIA established FirstNet to oversee national Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) • Requires that T-Band spectrum be returned by 2021 and vacated by 2023 – Eleven major metropolitan areas affected: o Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburg, Washington, DC, Miami, Dallas • H.R. 3630 provides for funding and spectrum assistance in moving public safety communications off T-Band – But not until 2021 6© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. A. B. 1486 • A.B. 1486 – Authored by Assembly Member Ricardo Lara • Provides LA-RICS a limited CEQA exemption until 2017 • Project Site Criteria – Located on police, Sheriff or fire station sites – Existing publicly owned transmitter site – Cannot be located in environmentally sensitive areas » Wetlands » Riparian areas » Habitat of significant value » Historical Significance – Monopoles shall not exceed 70 feet – LMR towers shall not exceed 180 feet • Does not exempt project from NEPA clearance 7© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. Spectrum Feasibility Studies • H. R. 3630 introduced considerable risk to a T-Band only deployment – Per FCC: Build at your own risk • 700/800 MHz Option Evaluation – Lack of available spectrum prohibited deployment • Consideration was given for using existing available spectrum in the 700 MHz spectrum and gradual migration off T-Band • Hybrid Feasibility Study conducted in May-Jun 2012 – Minimum of 70 Channels needed in 700 MHz spectrum – Minimum of 160 Channels needed in T-Band spectrum 8© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. LMR System Description • There are 109 LMR tower sites available for the LMR network – May incorporate some of 255 LTE monopoles for fill in – Actual site count will be determined by Telecommunications System Contractor’s final design • Coverage footprint the same for 700 MHz and T-Band • Single P25 controller used for both spectrums – Users talk from one spectrum to the other seamlessly • Dual spectrum will allow use of existing equipment and migration over 9 years • Radio-to-radio communication is supported within the same spectrum 9© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. Secondary Responders • Secondary Responder needs became a strong consideration • Unnecessary costs incurred in maintaining independent systems • JPA Board determined to support all agencies due to common responses to major incidents • T-Band under the Hybrid concept will be designed to accommodate all first and second responders • Second Responders in 700/800 MHz systems or may participate via STRS or CWIRS 10© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11. Broadband (LTE) Issues • NTIA suspended approval of use of funds for LTE equipment pending direction from FirstNet • Avoidance of “stranded investment” • Allowed to proceed with “Infrastructure” deployment • Approval to complete system at discretion of FirstNet Board • Spectrum leased to LA-RICS in 2010 has been withdrawn • Broadband spectrum now licensed to FirstNet • Must apply to FirstNet for spectrum lease • If approved, NTIA can release “suspension” to allow purchase and installation of LTE equipment • BTOP funds sufficient to complete local broadband system 11© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. Current Procurements • Per the direction of the JPA Board of Directors, LA-RICS will issue two new RFPs, one for a LMR system and one for the LTE broadband system – LMR: The Authority will release a new RFP for a hybrid LMR network and infrastructure build-out • Five year program – Phase 1 – System Design – Phase 2 – Site Construction – Phase 3 – Supply Telecommunications System – Phase 4 – System Implementation – Phase 5 – System Maintenance – LTE: The Authority will release a new RFP for LTE infrastructure and backhaul components and for equipment in a following phase • Three year program – Phase 1 – Infrastructure – Phase 2 – LTE Equipment Procurement & Installation 12© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13. Questions? Bill Fujioka County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Officer BFujioka@ceo.lacounty.gov Pat Mallon Executive Director Pat.Mallon@la-rics.org 2525 Corporate Place, Suite 200 Monterey Park, CA 91754 (323) 881-8291 www.la-rics.org 13© Copyright 2012, LA-RICS Authority. All Rights Reserved.
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