The Panhandle Regional Interoperable Communication System (PANCOM) is a state-of-the-art VHF repeater infrastructure that consists of a network of 52 tower sites interconnected by microwave radio to provide the 26-counties region-wide P25 standards-based communications. In addition to VHF communications, the PANCOM microwave system also provides backup communication services, patching ability and rerouting capability for the regions 911 PSAPs. The PANCOM system is managed by the PRPC on behalf of its 88 city and county member jurisdictions.
Shane BrownRegional Emergency Communications & Preparedness Programs Manager
Reeves Easley-McPhersonRegional Emergency Communications Program Coordinator/Information Technology Coordinator
Panhandle Regional Interoperable Communication System (PANCOM) is a state-of-the-art VHF repeater infrastructure that will, when complete, replace over one hundred county-level Public Safety dispatch radio channels in the 26-county Panhandle region of Texas with P25 standards-based communications. While fundamentally an operability system, PANCOM’s robust inter-site networking and console patching features will provide mutual aid interoperability that is significantly superior to the legacy infrastructure that it replaces.
Based on The EF Johnson IP25 conventional architecture, the 130 PANCOM repeaters and 60 PANCOM dispatch consoles are being tied together with a secure private IP network that enables several features usually associated with more expensive trunking systems:
The PANCOM system plan incorporates three features that augment the fixed-site conventional repeater infrastructure:
PANCOM system development began in late 2004 with a comprehensive Needs Analysis that illustrated a compelling need for replacement and modernization of an aging legacy infrastructure that was in serious need of replacement and rationalization. Eight years later, 40 of 42 three-channel Zone Subsystems have been installed at fixed sites, and inter-site networking and console installations are underway.
Assuming continued funding from the State Homeland Security Grant Program, substantial completion of PANCOM (with all networking, console, and migration efforts complete) is expected in mid-2013.