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ARMER Standards

ARMER Standards Workgroup 

The ARMER Standards Workgroup falls under either the Operations and Technical Committee or the Interoperability Committee.  The workgroup will be working on standards and the best practices guides to make updates as necessary. Standards calls will occur Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Best Practice Guide calls will occur every other Friday from 09:30 - 11:00 a.m.  All are free to join. See the schedule here. If you would like to be involved with this group, please email ECN Standards Coordinator Cathy Anderson at cathy.anderson@state.mn.us
 
 
 

ARMER Standards Workgroup meets

Monday 9:30 a.m. - 11a.m.

The call-number is 1-888-742-5095.

The code is 2786437892#

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ARMER System Standards, Protocols and Procedures

The Master List of standards includes a description of each state standard and the date it was approved by the Statewide Emergency Communications Board. Standards listed in red are still under development.

 
 
 
 

Change Management Standard Changes effective November 22, 2013:

Standards 3.15.0, 3.16.0, 3.16.2, 3.16.6, 3.18.0, 3.19.0, and 3.33.1

 

Web-based Training Website Information:

ECN's web-based training website, developed in partnership with Alexandria Technical and Community College, can be accessed on their website.  

If you need login information, please contact ECN Standards Coordinator Cathy Anderson at cathy.anderson@state.mn.us
 

POST Board Approves Online Training 

The ​Peace O​fficers Standards and Training Board (POST) has approved the following courses for credit (one POST credit each).
1.Radio 101
2.History of ARMER
3.Interoperability 101
4.Wireless Broadband – FirstNet
5.Technology of the ARMER System
 
 

Standards List: 

 

Standards Master List

1.1.0 - Operational Management

1.1.1 - Protocol for use of Minnesota Incident Management System (MIMS) Channel

1.1.2 - Criteria for the Installation of Base Stations and General Operations on MNSEF

1.2.0 - Network Management

1.3.0 - Database Management

1.4.1 - Maintenance of Names - System Login Naming

1.4.2 - Maintenance of Names - Maintenance of Alias List

1.5.0 - Standard of Standards

1.5.2 - Changes to Operational Standards

1.5.3 - Variances and Waivers

1.6.1 - System Security Groups

1.6.2 - Infrastructure Security "Equipment Sites"

1.6.3 - Security "System Keys"

1.6.6 - Security- Infrastructure​ Security "Data Classification

1.7.0 - Subscriber Radio Standards

1.8.0 - System Change Management

1.9.0 - Regional Development and Responsible Entity

1.10.0 - Requesting Participation and Participation Plan Changes

1.10.2 - Requesting Participation by Non-Public Safety/Non-Public Service Organizations

1.11.1 - System Administrators Definition and Minimum Training Requirements 

1.11.2 - Training Technical Staff

1.11.3 - Training Radio Telecommunicators

1.11.4 - Training ARMER End Users

1.11.5 - Training - Non Participating Radio User - Sunset

1.12.0 - Excess Capacity Allocation

1.13.0 - ARMER Aircraft Radio Operations

1.15.0 - Prioritization of Radio Frequency Resource Port Assignment

2.2.0 - Radio Aliases

2.3.0 - Talkgroup and Multigroup Names

2.4.0 - Console Naming - SUNSET 6/1/16

2.5.0 - ID & Talkgroup Allocation

2.6.0 - Fleetmap Standards

2.7.0 - Use of Shared Talkgroups

2.8.0 - Talkgroup & Use Priorities

2.9.0 800 MHz Statewide Wide Area Talkgroup Access and Management

2.10.0 - Telephone Interconnect

2.11.0 - Radio Site Access

2.12.0 - Scanning 

2.13.0 - Logger Port Assignments

2.14.0 - Private Call

2.15.0 - Status Message Transmission

2.16.0 - Emergency Button

2.17.0 - Multigroup/Announcement

2.18.0 - CAD & ATIA Connectivity

2.19.0 - Embassy Audio Switch Port Allocation

3.2.0 - SYS-TECH Talkgroup

3.5.0 - National/Statewide VHF Interoperability Resources (VLAW31, VMED28, VFIR23, MIMS)

3.7.0 - Recording Interoperability Channels & Talkgroups

3.12.0 - Talkgroup and Multigroup Ownership

3.15.0 - Use of 700 MHz and 800 MHz Statewide Scene of Action (SOA) Channels effective 11/22/13

3.16.0 - 800 MHz Statewide STAC Interoperability Talkgroups effective 11/22/13

3.16.2 - Use of Statewide 800 MHz STAC 1-12 Talkgroups - Air Ambulance Emergency Landing Zone Coordination

3.16.3 -  Cross Spectrum Interoperability System 800 MHz National Mutual Aid Resources 

3.16.4 - Cross Spectrum Interoperability System VLAW31 Resources 

3.16.5 - Cross Spectrum Interoperability System VHF Variable Frequesncy Station (VFS) Resources 

3.16.6 - 800 MHz Statewide Uniform Interoperability Radio Zones effective11/22/13

3.17.0 - Criteria for State Certification as a Communications Unit Leader Type III

3.17.1 - Criteria for State Certification as a Communications Unit Leader Type III Instructor

3.17.2 - S-COML Talkgroup

3.17.3 - Criteria for State Certification as an All-Hazards Communications Technician

3.17.4 - Event & Exercise Communications Planning 

3.18.0 - Standardized FCC Interoperability Channel Naming Format effective 11/22/13

3.19.0 - Use of 800 MHz Statewide LTAC and SIU Interoperability Talkgroups

3.23.0 - Connecting to the Interop System

3.24.0 - PSAP Interoperability

3.25.0 - Radio to Radio Cross Band Repeaters

3.28.0 - Use of Statewide Emergency Management Talkgroup SEMTAC

3.28.2 - Use of Duty Officer Talkgroup, MNDO 

3.29.0 - EMS-Coord Talkgroup

3.29.1 - EMSAIRCOM

3.31.0 - StatusBoard

3.32.0 - Statewide Interoperable Plain Language Policy

3.33.0 - Establishing a Strategic Technology Reserve

3.33.1 - STR Radio Cache effective 11/22/13

3.33.2 - STR Transportable Tower/Repeater

3.33.3 - Satellite Enabled ARMER base radio site

3.35.0 - National Weather Service ARMER Radio Operations

3.36.0 - EMS-SMRCC, EMS-MRCXP1 & EMS-MRCXP2

3.37.0 - EMH-SED

3.40.0 - CASM Standard for Data Entry and Maintenance

3.44.0 - Statewide Pursuit Communications

3.46.0 - Ontario-Minnesota Interoperability

4.1.0 - Agency Maintenance

4.2.0 - Preventive Maintenance

4.3.0 - Record Keeping Requirements

4.4.0 - Contact Information Procedures

4.5.0 - Spare Parts & Equipment

4.6.0 - Equipment Configuration Info

4.7.0 - Software Location

4.8.0 - Notification of Maintenance Activities

4.9.0 - Outage Responsibility

4.10.0 - System Maintenance: Programming & Qualification

4.11.0 - Computer Access to the ARMER Network

4.12.0 - ARMER System Vendor Support Services Contract 

5.1.0 - Media Access

5.2.0 - Disaster Relief Organization Access

5.4.0 - Hospital Access

5.6.0 - Higher Educational Institution Access

6.1.0 - Expense Reimbursement

6.5.0 - Prioritizing Capital Spending

7.1.0 - Audit, Monitoring Process

7.2.0 - Response to Non-Compliance

7.3.0 - Appeal Process

8.1.0 - Greater Minnesota Regional Radio Board SRB Member Selection

8.2.0 - P25 Digital Standard for Public Safety Infrastructure and Subscriber Equipment in the State

The updated standard numbers including the titles and section can also be found on the Master List.

 

Instructions for the development and naming of standards or instructions for updating standards for regional use can be found in Standard 1.5.0.

State Standard Template 


Talkgroup Permission Letter Template

Link to the template authorizing use of talkgroups not owned by the requesting agency.

 
 
State Certified COMLs and COMTs
 

Here is a link to state certified Minnesota COMLs and COMTs.  The list also includes their region and certification expiration date.

Please contact an individual or their region if you need a COML or COMT for an exercise or event.  If you need regional information, please see the links below.

 

Regional Standards


Each of 7 regions in Minnesota maintains its own communications standards. These can be accessed at their respective websites:

Minnesota Metropolitan Region: http://www.mn-mesb.org/ ​

Northeast Minnesota Region: http://www.nemnradio.org/​

Northwest Minnesota Regionhttp://www.nwmnradio.org/

Central Minnesota Regionhttp://www.cmnradio.org/

Southwest Minnesota Regionhttp://www.swmnradio.org/

South Central Minnesota Regionhttp://scmnradio.com/

Southeast Minnesota Regionsemnrrb.com/rrb.htm