TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: Communication upgrades a necessary expense for county

COLUMBIA CITY — With outdated computer software, the ability for Whitley County dispatchers to communicate with the public safety officials in the field is soon to fail.According to Ted Hurley, of J&K Communications, the Windows operating system currently used by the department is no longer supported by Microsoft.That means, should there be a computer malfunction, repairs wo-uld be virtually impossible.“Do you want to move into the future now or prolong the technical progress?” Hurley told County Commissioners Tuesday. “The sof-tware can only go for so long before it fails. It’s going to happen. The only question is when.”A presentation was made by Hurley to both County Commissioners and County Council members. In both meetings, options were laid out for county leaders to consider.Pros and cons of a simple upgrade versus a completely new internet-based system were presented and discussed.To read the rest of this story, see the Sept. 6 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.