Sunday, August 23, 2009
New Public Safety Communications Planner Now Available!
Seldom does a day go by that someone doesn't ask us to provide information on setting up a 2-way radio system or to improve an existing system. In days past, the answer was fairly simple but today, things are a little more complicated. There is the issue of the FCC with matters of current technical standards as well as those which will be implemented in 2013 and changed again in 2018
There are basic questions like whether to choose VHF, UHF, 800 MHz, Mesh, Wi-Fi or low band or 4.9 or 5.2 or 5.8 MHz frequency bands. There are technology choices. Do you choose analog or digital and if digital - which digital technology? Which is the best? MotoTRBO, NXDN or P25 and what are the cost differences and what are the benefits? Even the selection of a vendor becomes an issue. Which ones have the best prices, the most flexibility, the most features, the longest warranty adaptability to meeting changing regulatory and technical standards.
Then there are questions about installation, and post sale services as well as issues with supplemental technology such as GPS, messaging and the list goes on! Rather than reinventing the wheel every time a call is received, we thought the better answer might be to make the effort to develop a simple, easy to understand Communications Planner, so that's what we did. You can review the results at www.info4u.us/SystemPlanner.pdf. Hope you find it useful!