Washing bugs out of digital radio system
Rock County’s new digital communications radio system went online in June and some might liken it to a five-alarm fire.
When a company installs a new computer system, working out the bugs might cost time and money. When it comes to emergencies, the county’s new $1.9 million radio communications system is risking lives.
As reporter Neil Johnson detailed in last Thursday’s Gazette, a city of Janesville officer wrestling with a suspect just six blocks from a digital radio receiver on Sept. 13 had to radio several times before one plea for help got through and other officers responded. In the meantime, he had to Taser his sparring partner.
Why did the county need to go to this system, and what is being done and should be done to make sure the system works right? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Tuesday.