Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Would you buy a square tire? A special message to prospective MotoTRBO and ASTRO P25 purchasers!

Think about this question.  Would you buy a product that wouldn't work with any other product (a tire for instance), that really didn't meet your needs, could only be maintained by a single provider who dictated the price you pay, the cost of service, and has the power to change the technical specifications at any time to require that you pay for a mandatory upgrade that you neither need or want?

If your answer is Yes, then there is no need to read any further.  If your answer is No, and you are considering the purchase of a MotoTRBO or a P25 ASTRO radio system from Motorola, you need to seriously consider the following:

MotoTRBO is based on a technical standard called DMR. Motorola P25 ASTRO is based on a technical standard called P25.  Both systems "could be" compatible with other open standards based equipment, but are normally configured NOT to be compatible with any radios other than Motorola.  In the case of MotoTRBO, conventional single site systems are "protected" by advanced encryption.  Multi site systems such as Capacity Plus utilize a proprietary platform that restricts use only to Motorola radios. Motorola P25 ASTRO equipment is non-compliant with open technical standards. (Click here for more information).

So, the bottom line is that Motorola can provide both DMR and P25 open standard equipment, but they will do so only by customer insistence.  If you are considering the purchase of either a MotoTRBO or P25 ASTRO digital radio system, INSIST that it be provided based on open standards (DMR in the case of MotoTRBO or CAI in the case of P25).  Otherwise, welcome to the world of the square tire!

Drop us an email to if you would like more information.  We'll tell you about some neat things like a DMR radio with a three year NEXT DAY EXCHANGE WARRANTY! Get all the facts, not just a razzle dazzle demonstration by a salesman who more than likely will not be there when needed.  

As a final point, you may have heard that there is a Phase 1 P25 standard and the Phase 2 standard.  Want to know what the difference is and how it could be important to you?  If so, click here!