The California Radio Interoperable System (CRIS) provides a statewide public safety, interoperable radio system which allows all participating agencies the ability to communicate seamlessly internally as well as interagency without developing their own systems. Providing a high-degree of 700 MHz radio coverage across the State of California allows first responders to communicate effectively across their typical jurisdictional boundaries during emergencies.
The CRIS vision is to provide:
Seamless interoperable communication for greater public safety
Improve radio coverage to users including whose radio systems are geographically limited
Maximize the use of existing, finite radio spectrum
Dedicated “talkgroups” and interop channels
Seamless communication between work groups
PSC has completed the deployment of infrastructure at six (6) sites as part of the initial phase of CRIS within the central valley along the major traffic arteries of Highway 99 and Interstate 5. As of December 2019, the initial phase of CRIS is operational. PSC is engaging with state public safety agencies to participate in pilot testing. PSC is planning and designing the next phase of infrastructure deployments for 2020.
State of California Budget Change Proposal/CRIS BCP
If your agency is interested in becoming a CRIS member, please reach out to the CRIS Engineering Unit for consultation. A system engineer will work with you to determine if CRIS will meet the telecommunications service needs of your agency and guide you through becoming a member. Provided below is the CRIS engineering lead:
Uriel Fojas, CRIS Engineering Unit Email: Uriel.Fojas@caloes.ca.gov
Bill Anderson, Outreach Contact Email: Bill.Anderson@caloes.ca.gov
2010 - System of Systems concept is created as part of the PSC Strategic plan. The idea was to implement a system that interconnects individual public safety systems with one another to facilitate improved interoperability and enhanced coverage. This concept would later lead to the vision for CRIS.
2018 – PSC studies the feasibility of implementing a statewide interoperable radio system designed for public safety. Planning and requirements are documented in the form of a Budget Change Proposal (BCP) to seek funding to implement CRIS.
2019 – PSC is granted funding to implement CRIS. The central California region is selected to pilot CRIS; six sites with microwave backhaul operating on one central core. PSC has completed the deployment of infrastructure at six (6) sites as part of the initial phase of CRIS within the central valley along the major traffic arteries of Highway 99 and Interstate 5. The initial phase of CRIS is operational.