Technology Talk: Communications Technologies: Interoperability, Security, and Accountability

Despite huge advances in communications technology since the 1990s, the efficient flow of information to and between officers remains one of the largest challenges facing law enforcement agencies. Radio channels get cluttered, large crowds can make it hard to hear dispatches, and unencrypted platforms are vulnerable to penetration. Many public safety organizations—even those from neighboring jurisdictions—still can’t communicate with each other during a large-scale response scenario.