Monitoring the Ohio MARCS System

ScanOhio - Ohio Multi Agency Radio Communications System
Last Update: September 11, 2006
MARCS Information
To read more about the MARCS System on the "Official" - State Of Ohio MARCS Page,
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What is MARCS?

The MARCS System is a statewide radio system that will give the agencies that subscribe to it, the ability to have contiguous communications throughout the state.

Excerpt from the Sate of Ohio site:

The State of Ohio realized back in 1990 there were serious problems with the communications systems utilized by their public safety and service agencies. This was evident after the Shadyside flood disaster in 1989. First responders were unable to communicate with each other even though they had portable and mobile radios. The inability to communicate between responders created serious issues when attempting to rescue and evacuate people on either side of the raging river. The State of Ohio conducted in-depth studies of the lack of statewide interoperability communications, resulting in the development of a statewide voice and data communications system providing the bridge between the communications gap. The state's initiative was coined MARCS or Multi-Agency Radio Communications System. MARCS would provide the State of Ohio with the ability to have first responders communicate with other public safety or service providers statewide.

Even though this is a state initiative it is setup to run in a rotary capacity, which simply means that the subscriber base covers the operating expenses without generating a profit. Therefore, as the customer base grows the price for the service decreases enabling customers to buy more services and spend less on each device. MARCS deployed in 2002 and currently only costs $19 per month to subscribe to the voice service. This means an agency may buy a portable radio or a mobile radio for their vehicles and then pay for the service, providing taxpayers with a substantial return on their investment.

It was a common fact; 10 years ago many public safety agencies built and managed independent radio systems for control and technological constraints. These systems were very costly and contributed to the need for a statewide commonly shared communications system. MARCS provides the ability for interoperability at a reduction in individual operational costs. MARCS enables public safety and service providers to concentrate on providing their core services. An example would be a small police agency in rural Ohio possessing a need for mobile data communications that would facilitate checking for criminals. If they were to spend all their money on the infrastructure then the necessary money for developing software may not be available.

In summary, our society's public leaders must continually strive to glean the most value from their expenditures. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to build islands of communications equipment. The MARCS system continues to strive for interoperable communications for public safety responders to communicate properly within Ohio cost effectively, from anywhere, anytime.


Due to the constant changes and updates to the Ohio MARCS System... and in order to provide our visitors with the most current information, ScanOhio has elected to provide a link to the WA8PYR "Ohio MARCS TrunkTracker Information" page.

This site is corrected and updated on a regular basis and should provide you with all the information you need to monitor this ever-changing system!

Please CLICK HERE to visit the WA8PYR "Ohio MARCS TrunkTracker Information" page

ScanOhio would like to thank Tom Swisher (WA8PYR) for allowing us to provide this link for our visitors!


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