Telecommunications Program purpose: Provide reliable telecommunications for public-safety and transportation efficiency. Specifically:
- Provide WYDOT with one-stop-shopping for telecommunications, exchanging voice, data and video information between distant locations on shared telephone, microwave and mobile radio infrastructure.
- Give balanced telecommunications service and support to all customers, including other agencies as appropriate, and to meet responsibilities with due priority.
- Provide technical integration and support of electronics systems in DOT vehicles and on Wyoming roadways.
- Provide system architecture expertise for connecting distant information systems using appropriate communications.
The Telecommunications Program maintained WYDOT’s sophisticated telecommunications systems at very high levels of reliability, averaging 99.9% for mission critical communications. We performed preventative maintenance and technical inspections of Telecommunications Infrastructure – we have over 200 radio sites and electronics suites statewide that are considered to be crucial WYDOT infrastructure assets; these were all confirmed to be in Acceptable to Very Good condition. Our critical radio systems include public safety radio repeaters, microwave communications, dispatch consoles, and telephone systems; as well as WYDOT building wiring, data communications to roadside devices, and more than 2,000 mobile/portable radios.
“WyoLink” is Wyoming’s statewide, public-safety, interoperable radio communications system. The Telecommunications Program has finished 53 of the 55 planned WyoLink core sites. These are providing service to about 112 Local, State and Federal public-safety agencies. Work continues to acquire property or leases, and finish construction of the remaining core sites. Also, WyoLink Portable Coverage Enhancement sites are drastically improving WyoLink handheld radio coverage for local agencies in ten municipalities; work is underway on six more designated sites. The project has enjoyed growing participation from Wyoming public safety agencies and steadily growing usage. Continued Legislative funding for ongoing support and regular update services is being sought.
For information, visit: http://wyolink.state.wy.us/
The Telecommunications Program worked to optimize WYDOT’s use of WyoLink mobile and portable radios for all operations. This included evaluating coverage gaps, enhancing training, and continuing dialog with our customers to plan changes to their radios to better serve their needs.
We continued to improve WYDOT’s statewide telephone network with three upgraded phone switches connected to the centralized phone system statewide, which gave remote WYDOT offices improved performance and features, made voicemail available and reduced equipment costs by half. We also connected the Kemmerer and Lusk WYDOT shops and other locations with innovative and cost effective digital voice communications. We continue to cut cost and improve speed and effectiveness by replacing old circuits with advanced data communications technologies.
The Telecommunications Program supplies expertise necessary for progress on many projects that require roadside data communications, coordinating with other programs. We implemented real-time monitoring and alerting of our mission critical roadside communications network, thereby improving system reliability and network availability. We also added an alternate routing capability that serves as a “fail-safe” to communicate with vital transportation information systems along Interstate 80.