Project 25 Technology Interest Group and TIA sign Friendship Agreement
Arlington, VA (August 18, 2015) – The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG), and The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced a Friendship Agreement to facilitate communication regarding standards development for interoperable radio communications systems and equipment for public safety.
A video of the signing Interview with Del Smith PTIG chairman, Steve Nichols PTIG Director, and Stephanie Montgomery Vice President of Technology and Standards for TIA can be viewed at: TIANOW.org or by clicking this link
Del Smith, Operations Manager for Alaska Land Mobile Radio Communications and Chairman of Project 25 Technology Interest Group, said: “P25 technology has been very instrumental in the advances in public safety communications and interoperability we have seen over the years. The PTIG was formed to further this technology by educating people about the importance of the P25 standard. By providing a forum for vendors and the public safety communications community, PTIG will continue to inform TIA’s technical work to further build on and improve the P25 standard.”
Steve Nichols, Director of Project 25 Technology Interest Group, said: “P25 was created in a way that allows a very flexible type of deployment – from small municipalities to large statewide systems – because it was based on users’ needs. PTIG works with TIA to communicate this technology to the users – the patrol officers and the firefighters – so they can understand and provide input into the technical process, as well as to promote the use of the P25 technologies to advance interoperable public safety communications. We look forward to continuing this work with TIA to expand and improve this important technology.”
Stephanie Montgomery, Vice President of Technology and Standards for TIA, said: “Today, the P25 standard for interoperable public safety communications is a robust technology solution deployed in more than 80 countries. Part of what makes this standard a success is that the technical work is informed by the user community and PTIG. This input and feedback allows TIA to address the specific needs of public safety communications professionals and advance the technology. TIA and PTIG’s friendship agreement recognizes and encourages this invaluable information sharing relationship to further develop and improve this critical communications standard.”
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) is a non profit organization made up of individuals and organizations who share the mutual interest of advancing the refinement, development, deployment, and applications of the digital communications technology represented by Project 25 industry standards.. The P25 standard was developed by state, local and federal representatives and is governed by TIA’s Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Engineering Committee (TR-8). Radio equipment that demonstrates compliance with the P25 standard is able to meet a set of minimum requirements for public safety needs. Public safety agencies around the world depend on P25 for their mission critical communications.
As an American National Standards Institute-accredited standard development organization, TIA develops design and manufacturing standards for digital voice and data communications systems suited for public safety and first responder applications. Specifically, TIA has developed a series of standards (TIA-102) for Project 25 (P25), which enables interoperability among multiple manufacturers’ products designed to the P25 standard.
August 2015 PTIG and P25 Events
PTIG Website Events Calendar Updated for August 2015
Check out the details posted for the PTIG Annual Meeting and Elections; and for P25 Topics featured at APCO 2015.
They are both coming up next week August 16 - 19 in Washington DC.
P25 Standards Update and Meeting Notes from the TIA TR-8 June Meetings in Seattle are now available
P25 Standards Update and Meeting Notes from the TIA TR-8 June Meetings in Seattle are now available on the Project 25 Technology Interest Group WEB site.
The Report is divided into two sections. The first is a TR-8 update by Andy Davis, TIA TR8 chairman. This section highlights TR-8 accomplishments and work in progress for 2015. The document will be updated after every TR-8 face to face meeting occurring in 2015. Each update uses blue font to indicate the updates.
The Second section is by Jim Downes, P25 Steering Committee Chairman. This report provides information gathered from a series of meetings held by the following groups during the week of June 23-25, 2015, in Seattle, Washington
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Committee (TR‑8) and ten of its subcommittees
Association of Public Safety Communications Officials–International (APCO) Project 25 (P25) Interface Committee (APIC) and two of its task groups
Private Radio Section (PRS)
P25 User Needs Subcommittee (UNS)
P25 Steering Committee (SC)
The report can be reviewed and uploaded using the link below:
Project 25 Technology Interest Group publishes UPDATED P25 Systems list June 2015.
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group has updated the 2015 data base list of all known P25 Systems in the USA, territories, and Australia. The data updates the list last published in February of 2015 with 31 additional Systems. The data is presented in two lists; one with 623 entries for Project 25 Phase 1 Systems including 7 from Australia and a second list of Project 25 Phase 2 systems with 117 entries. This is a total of 740 known P25 systems operating in the US and Australia.
The P25 System lists are organized State by State. Phase 1 systems have Florida leading with 63 systems followed by Texas with 50, California with 47, and Virginia with 36. Phase 2 systems are led by Texas with 16 followed by New Jersey 10 systems. In addition, the list identifies if the system operates in the VHF, UHF or 700/800 MHz band. Some systems have a mixture of frequencies from more than one band which is possible with the Project 25 Standard..
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group is currently compiling a list of P25 Systems in nations beyond the USA and Australia. If you would like to contribute data to this project please reply to the "contact us" link on the www.project25.org homepage.
The list can be accessed for download using the Project 25 Technology Interest Group website www.project25.org Quick link buttons for direct access are found on the home page
PTIG publishes P25 Foundations Presentation and P25 User Case Studies from IWCE
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group sponsored and developed two 4 hour panel presentations at IWCE 2015. The PPT slides fron these presentations are now available for review. Summaries of the PTIG P25 Panel Sessions and links to the slides are below.
Project 25 Foundations and System Technology Updates for 2015
This session provided training and information useful to the attendees seeking deeper understanding and updated awareness of the established P25 standards, the matching equipment capabilities, and the continued evolution of system technologies and interfaces.
Direct references to the completed P25 standards as published were emphasized to provide the attendees a full comprehension of the completed P25 phases. Content of the presentations highlighted complete Phase 1 FDMA systems, expanding deployment of Phase 2 TDMA systems, and P25 standardized system interface capabilities that continue to reinforce multiple vendor compatibility in fixed equipment as well as in subscriber/mobile/portable equipment.
Ongoing work on new standards for Project 25 System security and encryption was presented as well as possibilities for the interface for P25 LMR and LTE data systems.
Learning Objectives: Many P25 stakeholders and users today face daunting challenges for clarity of choices and challenging issues of emerging technologies. The material emphasized the P25 radio and system capabilities deliverable today, resources available for testing, technical guidance, migration planning, and system integration. Also covered were the next phases of the P25 Standards development, and what the next steps may yield for harmonizing future capabilities with P25 in existing LMR systems.
P25 User’s Perspective, Interoperability, and Customer Applications Update for 2015
This panel and workshop session derived content from Project 25 user experiences and system case histories. It was structured as a series of presentations by a representatives from DHS OEC, A Federal Agency Overview, and a series of Case Studies of Individual P25 Systems. Each presenter provided their background, past experience, current view, and future expectations for P25 technology. Presentations Included: DHS OEC, Oregon, Wyoming, Federal Agency Overview, Michigan, MACC911, and the US Coast Guard.
Learning Objectives: -- P25 in Planning and Procurement. -- P25 Experiences during Implementation and Deployments. -- Interoperability with neighbors and overlapping jurisdictions. -- Experiences with Multiple Vendors Systems, Equipment, Interfaces. -- Other Technology Resources beyond Manufacturers and Equipment Suppliers. Consultants, Integrators,Third Parties.