Patrick's combox contributor provides the following report:
...They told me that the problems come down to two major issues right now:
The problem is that the FCC needs to permit the usage/purchase of extra frequencies and each new tower site costs about $75,000. The process can be long and drawn out.
Nobody checked on that "detail" before the purchase order was signed?
- The other major issue is the hand-held speaker microphones. They are total pieces of junk. MPD is on the third or fourth model. The quality of the mics isn’t there, and almost every one is faulty, leading to poor reception and transmissions. The department is in the process of getting the newest model to all patrol officers, not sure if they will work better though.
There's an old saying: you get what you pay for. Are these Harris-spec'd mikes, or BrandX cheapo?
How many new towers does it take to fix dispatch consoles??
As a number of local private enterprises have found to their chagrin and enormous cost, "bleeding edge" software will make you bleed--but not necessarily function better, if you can function at all.
Progress. Same in real-world as it is in politics.