Some of our readers know that we are 100% opposed to any proprietary communications technology, and in particular MotoTRBO Capacity Plus and the enhanced versions of Motorola P25 offerings that lock out competition. This is a bad choice when public taxpayers funds are paying the bill! Purchasing equipment available from only a single vendor is an impossibly bad choice both for the user and the taxpayers!
standards, free trade, and rigid federal policies on guidelines for funding of
communications is absolutely necessary if we are ever going to have true
nationwide interoperability. More often
than not, the true cost of going with a closed standard is not revealed until
it is too late to turn back.
days ago, I received a phone call from a Canadian reader of our Blog asking for
some straight answers to simple questions (which he could not get
locally). Over a decade ago, this particular
user had bought in to a proposal to install a county wide analog communications
system based on LTR Passport with simulcast paging. The users are now being told that they need to upgrade to
digital. Interestingly, during that time, the users have been paying
$90 per month per radio to use the proprietary system (Click here
for more information on what can happen when oversight is not applied to "planning").
are now being encouraged to move up to a digital proprietary system that will
cost EVEN MORE. Worse yet, the new
system requires a five year contract agreement and they can purchase from only
one vendor. These kinds of abuses are a
violation of customer trust and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Enough is enough!
you, or someone you know, is considering the purchase of a closed standard
system, we encourage you to share this information with them! We also have warned about the problems
associated with VHF channel sharing using TDMA (MotoTRBO) technology. This is not our personal crusade. The concern has been expressed by no less
than the Federal Communications Commission who reached out to the public safety
coordinators for proposed solutions.
The standards proposed by the coordinators that are now under
consideration by the FCC have been covered up by those who do not want you to
know the real facts. If you would like
to know the real facts, click here. When everyone has all the facts, it CAN be possible to achieve interoperability in public safety communications!