How LA-RICS improves public safety

The Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system allows first and second responders to communicate directly with one another on a day-to-day basis, replacing a patchwork of 40+ aging radio networks as LA County’s primary means of public safety communications.

The system provides increased coverage and capacity, and eliminates barriers to multi-jurisdictional responses by allowing police, firefighters and paramedics in the field to communicate directly with users outside of their agency.

How LA-RICS affects public health

Radio waves disperse very quickly, causing energy to only be concentrated directly by the source. Because of this, common household devices expose the general public to higher levels of RF than antennas installed on a tower. Even when transmitting at full power—as in the case of a wide-scale emergency—radio-frequency (RF) exposure caused by LA-RICS antennas remains significantly lower than exposure levels resulting from cell phones, laptop computers and microwave ovens.

Scores of scientific studies have researched the correlation between RF exposure and long-term health effects, finding no conclusive evidence that RF exposure contributes to the likelihood of diseases nor birth defects. Los Angeles County’s top health officials have declared telecommunications equipment safe to public health.

RF Emissions Reports verify that our installations do not exceed Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE), in compliance with the FCC.

MPE limits are defined to protect the population against high levels of radio frequency (RF) emissions. These limits provide a safety margin protecting workers who are continuously in proximity to radio transmitters.

Why install a radio site in my area?

Each site ensures that first and second responders always have the ability to communicate with each other in your area, for faster protection and safety. It is anticipated that State and Federal agencies operating within the Los Angeles region will utilize LA-RICS for mutual aid communications.