Nextel Network Shutdown and 9-1-1 Services

LCCD recently received a letter from Sprint informing us of their plan to permanently shutdown the Nextel network on June 30th.


May 29, 2013

Dear Public Safety Official:


As you may know, Sprint will permanently shut down the Nextel National Network (iDEN) on June 30, 2013. This is to inform you about the specific  impact to 9-1-1 services and what you can expect on that day.

Beginning at 12:01 AM (Eastern Time Zone) on Sunday, June 30, 2013, the Nextel National Network (iDEN)  will begin to shutdown. The process will then continue, working westward, every hour by time zone.

In each market, after 12:01 AM local time on June 30, 2013, the following will occur:

  • Voice and push-to-talk calls, including calls to 9-1-1, will no longer originate from the Nextel National Network – NXTL.
  • 9-1-1 calls found to be in progress after 12:01AM local time may be allowed to continue until terminated; once terminated, however, no other calls, including calls to 9-1-1, will originate from the Nextel National Network (iDEN).
  • Once network shutdown has occurred, no calls – including calls made from non-service initialized (“NSI”) devices – will originate from the Nextel National Network, nor will calls be routed or carried.
  • Call-back will not be available to any Nextel device after 12:01 AM local time, even if there had been a call to 9-1-1 from that device.
  • There should be no impact to the Nationwide Sprint Network – SSPCS.

New Police Data System

Last week we deployed our new data system for police in-car computers using Sprint USB Internet air cards and NetMotion’s Mobility XE VPN software.

20120414-173753.jpgAs part of our system upgrades, we partnered with local Lapeer/Genesee Sprint dealer, Intouch Communications for Internet air cards to provide high-speed connectivity from the patrol car back to Central Dispatch’s servers.

Providing an encrypted, secure path through the Internet to our servers is the mobile VPN software NetMotion Mobility XE, which we secured through a federal Homeland Security grant.

Local law enforcement agencies along with the Michigan State Police, who are deploying and integrating their own air card system with Lapeer County Central Dispatch, are very pleased with the go-anywhere, high-speed access to run their applications in the car.

Our old proprietary Motorola closed network data system had been running for the last 15 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and in a most odd coincidence, had quit working altogether quite literally as the last police department was picking up their new air cards at Dispatch. This system was scheduled to be turned off and removed in 2 weeks.

The old systems speed was at a mind-numbing slow speed of 9kbps, much slower than the old 56k dial up modems from the 1990’s through 2000’s. That system was also bound to the borders or range of our radio towers within the county.

The new system with Sprint, allows officers to travel out of county and still maintain a connection with Dispatch.

With this much faster system, we will be working on bringing more tools and applications to the officers in their cars, such as full LEIN/NCIC access, crash reporting and other police reporting programs. This will increase the officers efficiency and timeliness in the field while on calls.