The Wisconsin Interoperable System for Communications (WISCOM) is a shared statewide, interoperable, land mobile radio public safety communications system. Local, state, and federal first responders/public safety officials in communities across the state may use WISCOM to communicate for their daily mission, during a major disaster, or a large-scale incident. While home rule in Wisconsin allows for local control of communications networks, WISCOM allows for connectivity of those networks when the local network exceeds their local resources, while still respecting home rule. The final result is an in-depth communications network that can support local needs, major disasters, or large-scale incidents.
WISCOM is a VHF (Very High Frequency) digital P25, radio system compromised of 116 sites ( WISCOM Site Map). It currently supports over 40,000 radios providing mission critical communications to over 900 local, state, and federal public safety agencies statewide. The network was initially built to support 95% mobile coverage to its users across the state, while also allowing other agencies the ability to join and enhance the portable coverage with additional sites.
WISCOM allows seamless, interoperable and reliable communications among local, state, and federal public safety agencies during routine, emergency, and task force situations. WISCOM strengthens community safety and security, minimizes costs and barriers to communications, and breaks down regionalization of systems to combat crime and natural disasters.
WISCOM Certified Subscriber Units
As of November 2019, the following radios have been certified for operations on WISCOM.
Guidelines for new radio purchases
New radios purchased with grant funds must meet the following grant standards. Note that some WISCOM eligible models (listed above) do not meet all of the grant standards requirements:
Recommendations for new Radios
Recommendations for new radio purchases, based on experience and technical experience:
WISCOM Policy Quick Links
WISCOM Resources Quick Links
WISCOM system key and programming information is available. Please email WISCOM Technical Support at email@example.com for more information.
Having mission critical technical problems with WISCOM? Please contact WISCOM Technical Support at 608-2WISCOM (608-294-7266) or email firstname.lastname@example.org