PSERN Project News (*as of 11/5/20)

New Stage of the PSERN Project

In the fall of 2020, the Project is shifting its focus from radio site development to transitioning end-users to PSERN. Between COVID impacts, dispatch center transition, some site development supply chain issues, and outreach/communications staffing changes, the Project has experienced some delays. Even so, the majority of site development work is behind us and the dispatch center transition occurred in October.

Successful Dispatch Center/Core Cutover

We are excited to announce that the PSERN Project achieved a significant milestone on October 22, 2020, when the emergency radio system core and 17 dispatch centers were successfully transitioned to the new PSERN core. Additionally, over 130 consoles were transitioned, which includes all the consoles at the King County Sheriff’s Office, Northeast King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency (NORCOM), Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Police Department, and Valley Communications (Valley Com). All First Responders throughout King County are now being dispatched through the new PSERN consoles. The cutover could not have been successful without the hard work of our KCERCS partners, Motorola, the PSERN team and all the dispatch centers. Thanks to everyone who made this effort a success!

Final Radio Inventory Coming Soon

Last year, the Project requested that each stakeholder agency provide their radio inventory as a preliminary step to estimate the volume of equipment that will need to be purchased for distribution next year. Starting in January 2021, we will be providing details on the process for Final Radio Inventory, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can review the standard features and functions here. Keep in mind that if you will be needing non-standard features or accessories, your agency will need to budget funds to pay for anything beyond what is listed on the PSERN website. If you have questions between now and January, please contact your Radio Shop.

Project Schedule*

  • Final Radio Inventory: January 2021 – March 2021
  • Radio Frequency Coverage Testing: February 2021 – September 2021
  • Radio End-User Pilot Testing: August 2021 – September 2021
  • Radio Deployment & Transition: October 2021 – August 2022
  • Full System Acceptance: December 2022

Construction Updates

The West Seattle Tower at Myrtle Reservoir Park has been completed, however multiple parties, including the City of Seattle and King County Metro, have work at this site. Once the new PSERN tower was built and components installed, moving communications equipment from the old tower to the new tower began. COVID-19 impacted work at this site, including supply chain and approval processes that must occur prior to the equipment moves and dismantling the old tower. All agencies are coordinating their activities and neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the site have been notified of site status. Click here to view the flyer that was sent to neighbors.