SANTA CLARA, CA—Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project (SVRIP) announced its selection of FATPOT Technologies to work with Northrop Grumman to deliver an interoperable software solution that will eventually interconnect up to 13 different 9-1-1 computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems throughout Silicon Valley.
SVRIP is enhancing regional interoperability of public safety radio networks to expand the ability of public safety agencies in Santa Clara County to communicate with each other quickly and securely during day-to-day operations and regional disasters. The result will be a seamless information sharing network that allows public safety professionals to easily exchange information between and among jurisdictions during an emergency.
Dale Foster, the Gilroy fire chief and the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association representative on the Steering Committee stated “[FATPOT] will work to ensure that each CAD operates to its fullest capability to share vital information between our fire agencies—there is no higher priority for our local fire chiefs.”
“This project fulfills one of the primary objectives to enable public safety agencies to share data and to improve emergency response capabilities,” said Steve Lodge, police chief for the city of Santa Clara and SVRIP chairman. “Emergencies and everyday operations require agencies to communicate quickly.”
The Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project was created to streamline the process capturing 9-1-1 information and responding with the nearest and most appropriate public safety resource across a large and populated area. The project supports the Department of Homeland Security’s directive to improve interoperability and information sharing between multiple local, state, and federal agencies.
Company and Project Backgrounds
SVRIP was formed in 1998 to identify problems and develop solutions for radio and data communications across jurisdictional boundaries for the more than 30 first responder agencies in Silicon Valley. The goal of SVRIP is to connect “islands of communication” and actively address public safety communications needs for the increased safety of the public. The cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, County of Santa Clara, Towns of Los Altos Hills and Los Gatos, as well as San Jose State University and the Silicon Valley Water District represented by the law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services agencies are stakeholders in the project.