Mr. DiDonato has over 35 years of experience in the design & implementation of wireless communications systems for mission-critical applications with specific expertise in public safety and airport clients. He has performed requirements analysis, system design, specification development, implementation supervision, and acceptance testing for dozens of these systems across the US.
He has particular skills in development of systems conforming to the APCO Project 25 (P25) standard, in wide area simulcast and multi-zone applications. He also has extensive experience in the planning and layout of dispatch centers, including call volume analysis and staffing level calculations. He maintains an expertise in the area of communications interoperability between multiple layers and jurisdictions for public safety operations to ensure that field operations can be established and maintained during critical multi-agency response incidents.
Trained in project management, he also provides support in developing and managing program schedules and activities; he typically provides project management oversight to clients’ selected contractors to ensure that their internal project management staff properly plan and perform their system implementation roles.
Mr. DiDonato has a significant history of successful projects in public safety and airport systems of all sizes ranging from small municipalities to a multi-state system for the FBI that covered the States of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Other examples include Atlanta, GA; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Washington National and Dulles International Airports); Montgomery, Carroll, Howard, Cecil, and Somerset Counties in Maryland; as well as Fairfax County, VA, and many others.
He created and led a team of SME’s to investigate and provide Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) efforts to upgrade radio communications to meet the goals of the 9/11 Commission.
Mr. DiDonato has been instrumental in a statewide update for emergency medical communications for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). This project includes updating statewide communications to an IP environment to include voting, transmitter steering, large-scale conferencing of radio and telephone resources, as well as upgrade of the dispatch facility and dispatch operator technologies.
He is a Certified Senior Engineer by the International Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (iNARTE) with RF Radiating Master Endorsement, Certification #E2-03099. Mr. DiDonato holds a BSEE from Merrimack College.