Thursday, November 26, 2009

APCO P25 Phase II is here (Well kind of....)

At the 2009 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Denver CO, police chiefs from all around the USA and the world were introduced to a dazzling array of high tech law enforcement tools. Communications was a hot topic as one of the leading manufacturers introduced next generation P25 pre-Phase II radios capable of operating in the VHF and the 700/800 MHz bands. One manufacturer, perhaps more, offered a Tri-Band radio that covers VHF, UHF and the 700/900 MHz band, but it apparently is not Phase II compatible. Truly, tomorrow is here today, or is it? What in the world is going on?

About the time that many of us thought we understood what we needed to know about P25 and interoperable communications, this Phase II thing comes along and we start hearing things like FDMA, TDMA, and all kinds of terms that are totally alien to the vocabulary of pubic safety professionals. So where do you go for some straight answers on communications planning?

We invite you to visit where we have prepared some information that we hope you find to be useful, and as always, we are at your service! Just give us a call at 205.854.2611 or email if you have additional questions.