Project 25 Technology Information Group

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Project 25 Technology Information Group

Project 25 Technology Interest Group

P25 System of the Month

Regional Wireless Cooperative

Phoenix AZ


Ron Parks, Radio Communications Analyst, Chandler Police Department

Across the Phoenix Metropolitan Region, Police, Fire, EMS and other municipal services utilize a well-maintained and highly reliable state of the art P25 trunked radio system. Formed in 2008, the Phoenix area Regional Wireless Cooperative (RWC) supports 19 member agencies, representing the majority of cities, towns, and fire districts across the “Valley of the Sun.” The cooperative provides governance, quality infrastructure, economy of scale, and freely shares interoperability resources with non-members.


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The RWC is a cooperative body formed under Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) with direction provided by a Board of Directors made up of one representative from each member and overseen by an Executive Director and staff. While the City of Phoenix serves as the Administrative Manager for administration, financial management, and staffing, each member from the smallest to the largest has an equal vote in the operations and governing of the cooperative. Membership categories include full members, associate members (such as contracted ambulance services,) conditional participants (not yet full members), and interoperability participants. Funding is provided through per-subscriber membership fees that are based on the number of subscribers on the system, assessed on an annual basis.


The RWC has created multiple interoperability talkgroups in subscriber zones that are freely shared with both members and non-members for interoperable purposes when working with RWC member agencies. These wide-area roaming talkgroups are part of a standards-based regional plan that includes immediate tactical operations as well as groups reserved for planned in advance operations and events. These resources are shared with local, regional, state, federal, and tribal entities throughout central Arizona and are in use on a daily basis. Resources include both unencrypted and encrypted talkgroups with interoperable encryption enabled by sharing of a single common AES-256 encryption key. All encryption is managed via Over The Air Rekeying (OTAR) either from a central server in Phoenix (primarily for members) with the key material also provided to any area system with their own key management server and OTAR capabilities. Large-scale events such as the NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, and the NCAA Final Four in 2017 to daily short-term tactical incidents have proven the capabilities of both the RWC as well as the regional interoperability processes.

The PSAP Intercommunications System

One of the most valuable interoperable resources in the Phoenix region is the PSAP Intercommunications System, often referred to as the “PSAP Channel” which links all dispatch centers across the region (both members and non-members) in a “party line” fashion. The PSAP talkgroup is only allowed in dispatch centers, never in mobile or portable subscribers and is utilized on a daily basis to request outside agency resources while also coordinating inter-agency communication and cooperation.

Technical Details

  • The RWC system is a 700 MHz Phase I/FDMA system that is in the process of migrating to Phase II/TDMA.
  • With system coverage of over 8000 square miles and over 4.5 million citizens (3+ million within the actual member jurisdictions), the system encompasses 15 cities and towns, 4 fire districts, a community college district, and supports 43 interoperable partners.
  • The Motorola Astro© 25 infrastructure supports primarily Motorola subscribers and consoles in over 20 dispatch centers but also allows competitive vendors on the system, especially popular in general government applications.
  • The system infrastructure consists of 53 tower sites, 7 simulcast cells, 975 simulcast channels, and over 200 dispatch consoles.
  • Currently there are 20,000 subscribers generating over 73,000 calls per day with an average system availability (lack of busies) of 99.95%, with an additional 20,000 subscribers used by the interoperability participants.
  • In 2018 there were over 28 million calls with only 131 busies, most of which went through on the second PTT.


The Phoenix area RWC system is a robust, well maintained, and highly reliable resource for day-to-day mission critical life safety communications. The sharing of interoperability resources, supported by the Phoenix Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) as a cooperative effort across all public safety entities in the region, continues to play a vital role in interagency cooperation. One of the key elements of success across the Phoenix Region is the good relationships that are enjoyed across agencies both members and non-members. While the RWC system embraces state of the art technology, excellent operational and maintenance capabilities, excellent coverage for both local jurisdiction and wide area operations, it is this ability to come to the table and work together that is our most valued resource.



To see how your P25 System can be nominated as a P25 System of the Month


Stephen Nichols

Director Project 25 Technology Interest Group

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As a result of the P25 Executive Summit held in May 2018 in Portland, OR, the Project 25 Steering Committee established the Requirements and Priorities Working Group to develop a prioritized list of user challenges to be addressed through the P25 standards, increased user awareness, and/or manufacturer implementation. The Working Group spent the past year developing the requirements list and is requesting feedback from as many federal, state, and local public safety agencies as possible.

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) is collecting user feedback through the survey and will send results to the Project 25 Steering Committee to develop educational materials for users, establish new or update existing P25 Standards, or request manufacturer or user implementation changes.

To take the survey please click the following link

If you would like more information on the Requirements and Priorities Working Group, the Project 25 Steering Committee, or PTIG please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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L3Harris Merger News

Jul 1, 2019

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) today announced the successful completion of the all-stock merger between Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies on June 29, 2019. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, L3Harris is the sixth largest defense company in the U.S., and a top 10 defense company worldwide – with approximately $17 billion in revenue and 50,000 employees, including 20,000 engineers and scientists.

Shares of Harris common stock, which traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “HRS”, will begin trading today under the ticker symbol “LHX”. L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) shares ceased trading upon market close on June 28 and have converted into 1.3 L3Harris shares for each L3 share.

Transforms company – strengthens financial position/makes more competitive within industry

  • ~$17B revenue; 50k employees/20K engineers; customers in [130] countries
  • Scale/resources to deliver what customers want – affordable innovation that can be delivered fast


Structure and Leadership
L3Harris has organized its operating businesses into four segments to best meet customers’ mission requirements and leverage the combined company’s broad technical capabilities:

  • Integrated Mission Systems — led by Sean Stackley, headquartered in Palm Bay, Florida, with approximately $4.9 billion in revenue. Includes intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; advanced electro optical and infrared solutions; and maritime power and navigation
  • Space and Airborne Systems — led by Ed Zoiss, headquartered in Palm Bay, Florida, with approximately $4.0 billion in revenue. Includes space payloads, sensors and full-mission solutions; classified intelligence and cyber defense; avionics; and electronic warfare
  • Communication Systems — led by Dana Mehnert, headquartered in Rochester, New York, with approximately $3.8 billion in revenue. Includes tactical communications; broadband communications; night vision; and public safety
  • Aviation Systems — led by Todd Gautier, headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with approximately $3.8 billion in revenue. Includes defense aviation products; security, detection and other commercial aviation products; air traffic management; and commercial and military pilot training

“Our seasoned segment leaders and mission-focused operating structure will enable us to leverage our broad range of capabilities and complementary technologies to deliver advanced solutions and capture opportunities across multiple domains,” said Christopher E. Kubasik – Vice Chairman, President and COO, L3Harris

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries.

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For more information contact:


Natalie Ciao

Public Relations


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LocusUSA, Releases its Latest White Paper on the Importance of Annual Maintenance for P25 Radio Systems


The Importance of LMR Sustainment and Continued Support for P25 Public Safety Radio systems cannot be understated. With over 2300 Project 25 Systems on the air, it is clear, that the majority of the public safety community agrees that P25 is the best choice for Public Safety Grade emergency communications interoperability. P25 is the recommended technology of choice for MCPTT Voice interoperability in the SAFECOM Grant Guidance and the DHS NECP.

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) is pleased to share information on innovative solutions for the testing and maintenance of Project 25 technology, subscriber equipment, and systems from our member companies.


LocusUSA, a leader in radio frequency capture for radio analysis and location, has announced the release of its latest white paper entitled, Assessing the Effects of Radio Failure in High-Risk Incidents: A Guide for Public Safety Agencies.

Visit LocusUSA’s website to download the white paper:

"We have taken an innovative approach to illustrate in this white paper the importance of why an agency needs to provide maintenance annually for their radio fleet," said Joseph Rey, manager partner of LocusUSA. "No matter the situation, clear and reliable communication will always be a non-negotiable necessity."

LocusUSA offers innovative solutions for long-range, over-the-air radio monitoring in P25 Radio Systems. Their over-the-air waveform analyzer acts as an ever-present monitoring tool that continuously assesses the health and operability of all subscribers on a system. The solution works by capturing and measuring a radios waveform in real-time while units stay deployed in the field. System users simply key up their radios for measurement, and from there, the solution analyzes the equipment to ensure optimal frequency performance 24/ hours a day, 7 days a week, without user intervention.

The analyzer also generates and sends reports to system managers so they can prioritize maintenance schedules based on subscriber performance.

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Meet PTIG at APCO 2019 in Baltimore Maryland

Visit our PTIG Booth # 1419

  • Ask the experts about P25 Operation and Capabilities in your System
  • See the latest P25 Products and Information
  • Meet P25 Consultants, System Managers and Engineers
  • Learn about the Latest New P25 Products and Services from: Intertalk, Compliance Testing, PCTEL, Harris, ICOM, Catalyst, Telex, JVC Kenwood, Unications, Codan, Futurecom, Locus, Valid8, Avtec, Etherstack

Attend the PTIG P25 Panel

"Project 25 for the Future: What’s New Today and What’s Coming Next " 60-minute session. 

Session Date: 8/11/2019 (Sunday)
Session Time: 1:30 PM 
Session Location: 343-344 
Moderator: Stephen Nichols


Andy Davis: P25 Standards update, P25/LTE Interworking Update

Jeremy Elder: Encryption Update including LLE Link Layer Encryption

Jim Downes: ISSI/CSSI Interoperability and P25 Testing update


  • Learn about the Interworking of P25 LMR and LTE technology
  • Learn about New P25 Interoperability possible through the Inter Sub System Interface (ISSI) and Console Sub System Interface (CSSI)
  • Learn about the New P25 Link Layer Encryption and how it can protect the identity of your P25 radio users.
  • Learn what is New in the P25 Standards and How it will affect your existing system.


Visit PTIG member Companies on the APCO Show Floor

 Founding Members

Booth Number





*BK Technologies



*Motorola Solutions



Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)



Sustaining Members


*Codan Radio Communications



*EF Johnson



*Harris Corporation



*ICOM America









Corporate Members

Booth Number



*Bosch Security-Telex Dispatch






*Futurecom Systems Group




*Locus USA




*RF Technology









For more information Contact:

Stephen A Nichols
Director, Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)
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