Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Why do people buy P25 radios?

Why do people buy P25 radios when other radios are cheaper? Some think it's because it is the only approved interoperable standard (which happens to be a fact).  Others think it's because it is the only approved technology for Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM funding (which also happens to be true).  Still others think it's some kind of conspiracy between government and big business to force us all into doing something we don't want to do (These folks are also looking for black helicopter bases, covert government agencies, and the reason for contrails in the sky).

So - having said that - What IS the real reason for buying P25?  In a simple two word answer, IT TALKS!  Don't take our word for it!  Ask the Alabama fire department that was evaluating our solution for providing communications inside the local Wal-Mart where NOTHING worked.  We have a great little in-store repeater at an incredible price that will work with virtually any VHF or UHF radio (perhaps a subject for another time).  We set up a demo that included a pair of ICOM F9011 VHF P25 portables which uses the advanced DVSI’s AMBE+2™ vocoder.  

Long story short, these radios worked so well in the building that our in-store repeater was not required!  Essentially the same thing happened when the NY Transit Authority evaluated (and later selected) the ICOM F70D.  The F70D was chosen even though the radios will primarily be operated in the ANALOG mode (which is also true of our fire department user).  P25 radios are are ideal for both digital AND analog operation.

Would you like to prove the point for yourself?  Email AtYourService@falcondirect.com or give us a call at 205.854.2611.  You'll see (and hear) the difference - guaranteed!