Let’s face it; there are a lot of communications solutions out there, but many of them cost money. I’ve written in the past about the comprehensive efforts that should be put forward for improving communications and integrating interoperability. These include efforts such as planning, organizing, training, and exercises. All of these things can cost money, although don’t necessarily need to cost much – especially if organizations invest in their personnel to build these capabilities in-house, or share resources with other organizations. Equipment, however, is rarely obtained on the cheap. Some organizations have an ability to easily allocate funds to these expenditures, which can escalate quickly, depending on the number of vehicles, locations, and people you need to equip and the geography you need to cover. Most organizations, however, aren’t so lucky.