The Wisconsin State Patrol's Bureau of Network Engineering and Data Infrastructure (BNEDI) employs a diverse team of technicians, an electrical engineer and other communications professionals to support public safety. Staff within the Bureau's Network and Communications Section help ensure that mission critical communication services and technologies are available 24/7 to public safety partners across the state.
Communication towers play a vital public safety role. An electrical engineer and other technical staff help design, test, implement, operate and maintain tower sites. This work may involve engineering analysis of microwave radio paths, propagation coverage, frequency intermodulation, and structural analyses to determine best practices for communications systems and interoperability.
To ensure the most efficient and cost-effective use of limited radio frequency resources, a frequency coordinator/radio spectrum manager works with intergovernmental entities including the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
Technical Services Units
Technicians are responsible for maintenance of the statewide microwave radio network, maintenance of the statewide P25 VHF trunked two-way radio system called WISCOM (Wisconsin Interoperable System for Communications), the State Patrol's legacy conventional two-way radio system, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conventional two-way radio system. These technicians also maintain the mobile and portable radios for the WSP and DNR and maintain siren and emergency lighting in the vehicles. They also work on radio equipment for other State agencies as the need arises. The Technical Services area is broken up into 3 areas, Northwestern, Northeastern, and Southern.
Statewide law enforcement communication requires effective back-up systems. Network information systems (IS) specialists oversee a complex digital microwave radio network and fiber optic pathways that interconnect with other partners systems; thereby providing redundancy and resiliency to the State Patrol's communications networks. Some of the critical services that traverse this complex information network include WISCOM, a statewide private Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system, and wireless data networking technologies that support the Mobile Architecture for Communications Handling (MACH) system.
Fleet Installation Technicians
Fleet Installation Technicians transform vehicles into public safety vehicles for the Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources. Each vehicle is outfitted with a variety of specialized public-safety-related equipment.
- Technicians research, design, test and install new technologies used in fleet vehicles such as radios, video cameras, speed detection, prisoner containment, emergency lights and sirens.
- The team installs and maintains wireless communications and emergency warning equipment for 80-100 public safety vehicles each year including cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs and boats.
- The patrol cars and other vehicles are used by the Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources for law enforcement activities, including specialized areas such as the K-9, Technical Reconstruction and Dignitary Protection units.
- Using a variety of tools and techniques, the Electronics Technician wires and installs electrical harnesses for radio consoles, electronic sirens and lights, mobile data computer docking stations, and digital P25 trunked VHF two-way radios.
- This requires the removal, installation, and replacement of body panels, seats and interior trim, installing custom configured wiring harnesses and quick connects for all public safety equipment throughout the vehicle.
- The technician performs basic maintenance of public safety equipment including testing and repairing light bars and sirens and soldering and testing electronic wiring and connections.
Technicians and a WSP Cruiser
WSP Fleet Installation Center
A variety of vehicles are outfitted at the FIC