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Genuine P25 interoperability for Public Safety agencies:

Tips on how to maximize your investment and avoid pitfalls

Failure to interoperate can have drastic consequences. This white paper addresses multi-vendor interoperability and its implications for Public Safety agencies considering purchasing P25 equipment.

To keep your personnel and your communities safe now and in the future, Public Safety agencies must work together to overcome technology barriers. While interoperability is the ultimate goal, there is often confusion about exactly what interoperability means and just how genuine claims relating to it are.

Interoperability refers to a variety of scenarios including:

  • Multiple vendors’ radios working together
  • Multiple agencies working together, for example Police, Fire and EMS at an incident scene
  • Neighboring statewide networks working together

After reading this paper, Public Safety agencies considering purchasing P25 equipment and who want to better understand the associated interoperability issues, will:

  • learn about the history of Project 25 (P25),
  • have an understanding of the P25 standards, discovering options permitted under the standards, and the differences between the Phase 1 and Phase 2 rollouts,
  • understand the P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) and its benefits for purchasers,
  • be aware of the various pitfalls that affect a P25 radio’s ability to work on different networks.

Genuinely-open P25 standard technology, when implemented well, can make sound economic sense by providing Public Safety agencies with increased vendor competition, access to funding grants, and a better solution that fits your budget. In an industry where there is no margin for misunderstanding, this paper provides readers with an inside perspective on the challenges of P25 interoperability and advice for operators to achieve and optimize genuine P25 interoperability.


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