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Elected Officials > Communication Assets & Mapping (CASM) Tool > Project Update Project Update

The Project is Complete!

In July of 2005, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Emergency Communications (OEC)/Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) released the Communication Assets Survey and Mapping (CASM) database for use by Urban Areas that received Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants. Since 2005, the tool has been made available to both states and urban areas as a database to store information regarding public safety communications assets and the agencies that use them. In addition, CASM offers an analytical tool with mapping functionality to assess the types of communication interoperability available in a given area.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) have been strong advocates for use of CASM in the state of Indiana. IPSC and local agencies have expended significant effort to gather and enter data into CASM regarding thousands of Indiana’s public safety agencies and their communication assets. IDHS and IPSC engaged Crowe Horwath LLP (Crowe) to perform the following activities:

  • Assess the current state of CASM data for Indiana;
  • Develop a data entry strategy for the remaining data to be entered;
  • Enter the “required” CASM data and “optional” data, when readily available;
  • Develop a data integrity strategy for ongoing data entry and updates;
  • Conduct webinars regarding CASM use for local and regional stakeholders; and
  • Develop a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" and refresher webinar for future use.

The CASM project was completed in March, 2011.  Click here for a complete "before and after" report, including statistics about the information gathered/entered into the CASM database.

CASM at-a-Glance

The Indiana CASM database now includes:

2,168 public safety agencies

659 radio systems

322 Mutual Aid channels

41 ACU-1000’s or other gateways

283 dispatch centers

1600 communication structures (towers)

tens of thousands of talk groups