May 24, 2007 By News Report
Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced Schaumburg-based Motorola is joining the state effort to strengthen emergency communication on Illinois college campuses. Motorola will help provide STARCOM21 radios valued at $294,000 to college campuses as part of the Governor's recently-announced initiative to strengthen safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors at Illinois institutions of higher education.
On April 29, Blagojevich announced three college campus security initiatives, including $330,000 in grants from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) used to purchase 171 STARCOM21 radios. Motorola, developer of the network, has agreed to contribute an additional 132 radios, bringing the total number of radios to be distributed to college campuses to more than 300. The radios will provide colleges with the capability to access the interoperable communications network used by other responders during emergencies.
The Illinois Campus Law Enforcement Administrators will allocate the radios, which are expected to be made available to campus security forces prior to the beginning of the fall semester. A training session will be held for those receiving the radios so that they'll be able to use them once they return to their campuses.
In addition to the radios, other college security initiatives include:
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.