Top public safety officials in Indianapolis are one step away from getting approval for a $570,000 radio software upgrade. More than 90 agencies in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area depend on it.
"It is not just IMPD and IFD that are kept safe by this, but it's all the people they serve, and all of the agencies they serve," said City-County Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer.
Baughman said they first learned they would need to upgrade the system in 2010. They went digital in 2006.
"If we had something go out and fail, and we had to replace it, it could cause a delay. Hopefully, it wouldn't have an impact," said Baughman, who said there are only potential dangers down the road if the aging system is not upgraded.
He suggested that waiting too long could cost the city and taxpayers more.
"If we look at it over an eight-year period, it could save us as much as $8 million," Baughman said.
Becoming current could also give the agencies involved more options like text messaging on their radios so they could get rid of their pagers.
"One of the discussions we had is putting all of these upgrades on a plan for the future," said Pfisterer.
She was talking about an upgrade plan that the city will only have access to if this particular upgrade is made.
The actual upgrade would only take 10 weeks.