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ICOM 2019 P25 CAP



What is P25?

P25 is a standard for the manufacturing of interoperable digital two-way wireless communications products. Sometimes also known as Project 25 or APCO P25, this is a user-driven standard, it is not industry – or Federal government – driven standard.

P25 allows for improved communications within and between agencies – especially emergency service providers. Such intra- and inter-operability is necessary for coordinating efficient and timely responses in our post-911 world.

CAP Compliant

The Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25CAP) is a voluntary program that demonstrates a supplier’s adherence to P25 standards for performance and interoperability. Public safety agencies receiving federal grant money for P25 equipment are required to purchase CAP compliant products.

The P25CAP requires equipment suppliers to submit their products to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized test laboratories for a stringent assessment process. Suppliers must also release a Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance (SDoC) and a summary test report (STR). Certification and declaration details are posted to the DHS Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) website for public safety agencies to easily identify P25CAP-compliant manufacturers.

Icom’s F9011 series portable and F9511 series mobile have P25CAP certification. Both radios are backwards compatible with legacy equipment and can easily be integrated to an existing fleet of radios. These powerful interoperable radios also meet MIL-STD 810 specifications and have been tested for dust and splash/water protection.

Icom America continues its strong support for the Project 25™ Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP). 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of Project 25 (P25), a critical suite of standards that have created the foundation for interoperable, digital, two-way wireless communications for public safety and emergency responders since 1989.

The Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) was created by legislation to ensure Project 25 equipment complies with the published P25 standards and is capable of interoperating between equipment provided by multiple manufacturers. Because of these standards, radios from different jurisdictions and suppliers can talk to one another using a P25 standard common (over the) air interface (CAI) as well as a variety of standardized system interfaces.

As its charter states: “The purpose of the program is to provide emergency response agencies with evidence that the communications equipment they are purchasing meet P25 standards for performance, conformance, and interoperability.”

The CAP test procedures enabled manufacturers to test their products and report the

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