On Oct. 20, 2010, in Charleston, S.C., another core Project 25 Phase 2 definition document was approved for publication. This is a significant milestone because manufacturers now have the necessary information required to develop P25 Phase 2 time division multiple access (TDMA) products.
Sometimes buzz covers up other important stories. One such story concerns the upcoming changes by insurance company FM Global to the intrinsically safe (IS) standard for land-mobile radios. Those guidelines include a reduction of maximum power output for IS units from 3 watts to 0.5 watts for Class 1, Division 1 devices as of Jan. 1, 2012.
Barry Ritter of the Wayne County (Ind.) Emergency Communications Department received the 2010 PSAPs’ Finest Director of the Year award. As director, Ritter convinced nine rural counties across southeastern Indiana to pursue an IP-based platform for wire-line and wireless 911 calls.
The FCC wrote that, “Most of the 911/E911 fees collected by the states were in fact used to fund 911/E911 services, while 13 states reported using, or potentially using, 911 fees to support other services.” … The wording of the conclusion makes me think that the FCC believes that it’s some sort of victory that only 13 states raided funds last year.