Bureau of Network Engineering and Data Infrastructure (BNEDI)
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.