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  • Digital Radio in the Americas

    A Guide for New Deployments and System Upgrades

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  • 2 I Digital Radio in the Americas: A Guide for New Deployments and System Upgrades

    Survey Technologies Incorporated .......3 Kenwood...............................................9 Cobham (formerly Aeroflex)................17 Telewave.............................................19 Televate. .............................................25 Avtec...................................................29

    Hytera .................................................39 Selex...................................................41 EF Johnson.........................................65 Genesis Group....................................67 Tusa....................................................77 Relm ...................................................85

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    Foreword: Sandra Wendelken, Editor, MissionCritical Communications.................4

    Section 1: Overview

    The Technical Differences of Digital Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Digital Technologies Comparison Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    Critical Steps for a System Upgrade, Mike Stanley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    How Standards Drive Interoperability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Dispatch Considerations for Digital Systems, Sandra Wendelken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    The Market for Digital Radio Apps, Nickie Petratos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

    Section 2: Critical Infrastructure Industries

    The Case for DMR Tier 3, Max Zerbst and Winfried Schultz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

    TETRA Takes Flight at LAX, Sandra Wendelken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    NXDN-Based SMR Targets Oil and Gas, Bruce Barton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

    Section 3: Private Wireless/Enterprise

    NXDN Serves Private Wireless Firms, Sandra Wendelken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

    Georgia Utilities Embrace TETRA, Sandra Wendelken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

    Section 4: Public Safety

    A Quarter Century of Project 25 Milestones, James Downes and George Crouch....66

    Options for Funding Your Digital Network, Dominic Tusa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

    Local Officials Offer Advice on Open P25 Procurement, Sandra Wendelken . . . . 84

    Sponsor Profiles ...................................................................................................88

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  • By Sandra Wendelken, Editor

    The past few years have seen the development of several new digital radio technologies and the continued maturity and evolution of other digital radio standards, some of which have been on the market for more than 20 years. This e-book serves as a guide for four of the most typical standards in the Americas — Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), NXDN, Project 25 (P25) and TETRA. In addition, digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR) technology is beginning to expand into some South American markets. With the new digital radio standards and the established technologies, interoperability and competition have become more central for users. From industries such as utilities, energy and private wireless to public-safety systems, open standards are allowing users to buy equipment from the vendor that best meets their needs for each component of the network. Mission-critical voice networks continue to be one of the most important tools for mission-critical companies and agencies. New broadband initiatives are on the horizon, but those networks are years away and likely won’t have mission-critical voice capability for a decade or more. In fact, many users take advantage of the mission-critical data capabilities available through the digital radio standards highlighted in this e-book. This e-book covers the features and specifics of each of the four technologies, along with articles on system upgrades, interoperability and open procurements. In addition, each vertical industry has a case study that demonstrates how a particular digital radio standard worked to fulfill that user’s needs and requirements. Following an overview section with general information on the standards and how users can take advantage of their various features, the next three sections each highlight a digital vertical market — critical infrastructure industries (CII), private wireless/enterprise and public safety. Each sponsor of this resource contributes to one or more of the digital radio platforms in some way so take a close look at their offerings when you are ready to move forward with your next digital radio technology purchase. Each sponsor is a leader in its market and would welcome a chance to ex- plain its products and services.

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  • Section 1: Overview The Technical Differences of Digital Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Digital Technologies Comparison Chart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    Critical Steps for a System Upgrade, Mike Stanley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    How Standards Drive Interoperability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Dispatch Considerations for Digital Systems, Sandra Wendelken. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    The Market for Digital Radio Apps, Nickie Petratos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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