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Research and Markets: Public Safety Communications: P25 Project - Assessment of Technologies and Markets


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Public Safety Communications: P25 Project - Assessment of Technologies and Markets" report to their offering.

This report continues the P25 project; it 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 PSC (Public Safety Communications) radio; this approach allows to grateful migration from existing PSC networks based, mostly on FM analog technology to modern all-digital technology.

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.

Currently, only Phase I-compliant radios are being deployed; Phase II systems are planned to be shipped only in 2011-2012, with Phase III/Project MESA equipment, which is mostly in the development stage, follows up. The goal of such approach is to make migration to digital with narrowband PSC radio as painful as possible to homeland security agencies, and to create, eventually, country/global interoperability. The report analyzes P25 products from all major manufacturers; and it reflects recent changes in the market structure.

In the technology part, the report stresses importance of standardization process for public safety radio, shows progress in this arena as well as multiple roadblocks, the major of which are lack of funding and available spectrum. Despite of all these problems, new technologies prevailed in the network deployment; and they dominate the current public safety radio market. This is a result of the benefits that they bring with them:

  • Interoperability
  • Ability to effective transmission of voice and data
  • High quality of transmission
  • Security of transmission
  • Effective use of spectrum.

Though the cost efficiency of the new trunked systems is not so great in comparison with older analog systems, it is expected that the cost will go down with proliferation of the systems. Marketing analysis, provided in this report, supports this statement.

The major trends in the P25 systems developing are:

  • Strengthen interoperability
  • Building IP-based systems.

The report concludes that, though depending on general economical and regulatory factors, public safety trunked radio development has a promising future, it is not a luxury, but a necessity to live in the new environment.

Key Topics Covered:

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Trunked Radio The Way to Go

3.0 Technology: New Directions for Public Safety Communications

4.0 P25 Project - Phase I

5.0 Phase II

6.0 Phase III

7.0 P25 and TETRA

8.0 Roadblocks

9.0 Market Analysis

10.0 Characteristics

11.0 Implementation - Samples

12.0 Vendors

13.0 Conclusions

Companies Mentioned:

  • Avtec
  • Catalyst
  • Daniels
  • Datron
  • Digital Voice System
  • EADS Secure Networks - PlantCML
  • EF Johnson
  • Etherstack
  • Harris
  • ICOM America
  • IPMobileNet
  • Kenwood
  • Midland
  • Motorola
  • Nexus Wireless
  • Pantel
  • Pyramid Communications
  • Relm
  • Raytheon JPS
  • Spectrum Signal Processing
  • Thales
  • Tait Electronics
  • Technisonic
  • Teltronic
  • Telex
  • Vertex
  • Westel
  • Wireless Pacific
  • Zetron

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