One of the issues first responders face is that of radio interoperability among digital two-way land mobile radio communications products. In order to make their radios unique, manufacturers often use different technical approaches, which could potentially render the products incompatible with other systems. That is why DHS created a formal independent process known as P25 CAP. Operated in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, P25 CAP ensures that communications equipment advertised as P25 actually is compliant.
According to DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers, “S&T has been working to address this challenge by promoting the acceleration of interoperability standards and establishing compliance testing.”
On December 9, 2015, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the membership of its Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) Advisory Panel. Click here to see who is on this inaugural Advisory Panel.
The Advisory Panel members will provide recommendations on promoting the P25 CAP, review and comment on proposed compliance assessment bulletins and updates to existing test documents, establish new test documents for new types of P25 CAP equipment, and propose P25 user input for improving functionality through the standards-making process.
DHS explained, “The P25 CAP Advisory Panel will provide S&T’s Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial perspectives on portable, handheld, and vehicle-mounted radios and infrastructure equipment. Through the P25 CAP AP, S&T OIC can support the collective interest of organizations that procure P25-compliant equipment.”
It is critical that radios advertised as P25 CAP function as they are supposed to.
“To successfully respond to day-to-day incidents and large-scale emergencies, first responders must be able to communicate with each other regardless of the make or model of their equipment,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers.
For more information about P25 CAP, visit DHS.gov.