Research and Markets recently released "Public Safety Communications: P25 Project - Assessment of Technologies and Markets," which brings the up-to-date marketing and technological analysis and it addresses issues that are important to our homeland security. The report addresses a phased approach to the development of P25 radio.

As public safety agencies evaluate their two-way radio needs for the future, many are reaching conclusions that:

  • Radio spectrum is becoming more congested.
  • The demand for data transmission is more pronounced.
  • Systems need increased functionality.
  • Secure communication is a growing necessity.
  • Improved voice quality is essential over more of the coverage area.

Government efforts resulted in gradual shifting from diversified technologies used in public safety radio to two standard technologies, P25 and TETRA. The first one was developed and deployed in the U.S. and many countries around the world, and the second one was developed in Europe, and spread to the rest of the globe. As it often happened (good analogy is SONET and SDH technologies), P25 and TETRA, at the present time, are incompatible, but efforts are in a way, which may result in compatibility between these systems.

This report analyzes phased development of P25 radio, its market and technological specifics. It provides results that are useful for first responders organizations, technical department of security agencies and vendors of public-safety radio.

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