Project 25 Technology Information Group


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Project 25 Technology Information Group

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) recently participated in an IWCE WEBINAR titled:

Pick Me! What's the Best PTT Technology for Your Project?”

The PTIG portion of the panel presentation posed and answered the question:

“Why have so many PTT Users chosen Project 25?”

 

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In Summary:

  • Project 25 offers “Public Safety Grade” Reliability, Voice Quality, Interoperability, and Security for PTT radio services.
  • The 2250 P25 systems and 37 State-wide P25 systems in the USA have been developed through 25 years of Standards evolution and product technology improvements.
  • P25 offers a robust PTT capability set including: Group calls, Individual Calls, Voice, Data, Location, all with optional full AES end to end encryption and authentication. And a robust, high power, direct mode for life saving communication links if the Infrastructure is not available.
  • The P25 standard was originally defined and continues to evolve based on Radio User input and direction.
  • There is broad support for the use of P25 Standards and Technology for Interoperable Communications from: DHS, SAFECOM, NPSTC, DoD, and 40 P25 Commercial Product manufacturers and Service providers.

The full presentation can be downloaded using the link below:

 

Why Have so many PTT Users Chosen Project 25?

 

 

 

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group is pleased to welcome PCTEL as a new PTIG corporate member.

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PCTEL Company Profile

PCTEL, Inc. designs and manufactures precision antennas and offers in-house wireless product development for customers, including design, testing, radio integration, and manufacturing capabilities. PCTEL antennas are deployed in small cells, enterprise Wi-Fi access points, fleet management and transit systems, and in equipment and devices for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

PCTEL provides RF test and measurement tools that improve the performance of wireless networks globally, with a focus on LTE, public safety, and emerging 5G technologies. Mobile operators, neutral hosts, and equipment manufacturers rely on PCTEL to analyze, design, and optimize next generation wireless networks.

In addition, PCTEL offers solution sets for a variety of critical telecommunications and infrastructure markets including:

PCTEL is a global company headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale, Illinois. Additional facilities are located in Maryland, Ohio, Beijing, and Tianjin, with manufacturing capabilities in the United States and China.

PCTEL Primary Contact:

Name: David Adams  

Title: Senior Product Manager

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Phone: 301-444-2069

PCTEL Business Development Contact

Name: Juan Verenzuela  

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Phone: 703-589-8818

Company WEB site: www.pctel.com

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group is pleased to welcome CSS Mindshare LLC as our newest PTIG member.

 

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Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, CSS Mindshare, LLC is a subsidiary of Communication Systems Solutions, Inc. (CSS).  Its founding owners, have been in the two way radio dispatch markets since the mid 1990's and dispatch in particular since the late 90's.  CSS has several product lines, Mindshare among them that are actively supported by its staff of engineering and manufacturing personnel.  

Mindshare has a proven track record of engineering and manufacturing reliable, cost effective and scalable communications dispatch solutions. The Mindshare Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) radio interface and dispatch console technology has been proven in public safety, enterprise, utility, energy, transportation, and commercial applications of all sizes.

A partial listing of successful Mindshare VoIP projects include: U.S. Holocaust Museum, Nevada Dept. of Wildlife, Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, VA Hospital, Logan County WV, AMR (American Medical Response)

A network of trained Mindshare dealers are available to provide local sales, implementation and maintenance support services.

 

CSS Mindshare Primary Contact 

Name: Ryan Phillips

Title: Technology Manager

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Phone: 402-261-8688 x206

 

CSS Mindshare Business Development Contact 

Name: Jack Hines

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Phone: 563-387-7475

 

Company WEB site: www.css-mindshare.com

Mailing Address:

CSS Mindshare, LLC
6030 S 58th St.
Lincoln, NE 68516

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) offered a panel on the Latest New P25 Products and Services at the recent APCO Conference in Las Vegas.  

The panel was very well attended with over 50 people in the room.  There were 19 PTIG member companies offering slides on their new product or service. 

The P25 New Products and Services session highlighted the latest New P25 Products and Services. Categories included P25 Fixed Stations and Repeaters, Mobiles and Portables, Pagers, Vehicle Repeaters, Consoles, Networks, and Software.

The PPT slides described user needs met, benefits to Public Safety, and the relevance of the new product or service to the existing market.

A copy of the P25 New Products and Service PPT can be downloaded using the link below:

 

P25 New Products and Services- August 2018

Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) Elects a New Board of Directors and Officers.

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) held it’s Annual Meeting in conjunction with the APCO International Conference in Las Vegas on August 5th. At that meeting, a Board of Directors and Officers were elected.

New on the Board are Justin Evans, Radio Systems Manager for Montgomery County Hospital District TX; and Mark Ketchum, the Communications System Manager from the City of Broken Arrow OK. A new Commercial member to the Board is Jeremy Elder of Harris. Jeremy is the Product Line Manager for Systems Infrastructure for Harris Corporation. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a specialization in Computer Science from Liberty University.

Departing the PTIG Board were Eric Linsley and Todd Perdieu. Thanks and recognition were extended to them for all of their service.

Cindy Cast from Miami Dade County was re-elected as the PTIG Chairman. Cindy serves as the Radio Systems Manager in the Information Technology Service Department, Radio Communication Services Division of Miami-Dade County, She is responsible for the management, maintenance, repair, and uninterrupted operation of the 800 MHz/700 MHz P25 trunked simulcast radio systems. The 800 MHz Radio system has over 30,000 radio users. Ms. Cast holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Barry University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Florida International University (FIU).

The other PTIG Officers were also re-elected for additional terms. Jim Holthaus from BK Technologies remains as Vice Chair, Jim is also deeply involved in the P25 standards process as TIA Private Radio Section and TIA TR8.25 chair. Chris Lougee from 5x9 Communications remains as Treasurer. Chris was formerly a VP at ICOM and the TIA PRS chairman before forming his new consulting group. Most of his current focus is on P25 radio and network testing in his work for Compliance Testing LLC in Arizona. Andy Davis from Motorola Solutions remains as Secretary. Andy is also a leader in the P25 Standards development process as the current TIA TR-8 Chairman.

Cheryl Giggetts of CTA Consultants was ratified as a new Treasurer Elect. In this role she will spend a transition year working with Chris Lougee and is expected to take on the full responsibilities of PTIG Treasurer when Chris steps down In August of 2019.

Other P25 radio Users and practitioners returning to the PTIG Board include: Cindy Cast-Miami Dade County, Del Smith- Alaska ALMR, Christie Bielby-Texas DPS; Brent Finster-City of Stockton CA, Scott Wright-State of Connecticut, Brad Stoddard-State of Michigan; Brandon Diemer-BLM NIFC, Eric Davies- DHS; Karl Larson-City of Portland; Chris Maiers-State of Iowa, John Richards-State of Maine; George Crouch-State of South Carolina and Vice Chair Project 25 Steering Committee.

PTIG Board returning Commercial Members include: Andy Davis-Motorola Solutions, Chris Lougee 5 x 9 Communications; Jim Holthaus BK Technologies, Cheryl Giggetts-CTA Consulting; Neil Horden-Federal Engineering; Doug Chapman-Etherstack; Robin Grier-Catalyst, Dominick Arcuri-Televate, Karthik Rangarajan-EFJI-JVC Kenwood.

Stephen Nichols was appointed to continue as Executive Director for the non-profit organization.

The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) is a group 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.

PTIG members include two-way radio communications experts, public safety professionals, and equipment manufacturers.   Our members recognize the need for, and have a direct stake in, the continued development of the critical communications capabilities represented in the P25 standards.

For Additional Information contact:

Stephen A. Nichols

Director, Project 25 Technology interest Group

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