Tait Radio Communications, a global leader in radio solutions, is among the first land mobile radio manufacturers able to issue test reports and Supplier's Declaration of Compliance (SDoCs) statements as part of the inaugural P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) tests.
The purpose of the documentation is to provide emergency response agencies with evidence that Tait P25 equipment has been tested within a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-approved laboratory and complies with phase 1 standards and performance requirements as established by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).
In May 2009, Tait was among only four land mobile radio manufacturers to be named by the US federal government as having a recognized P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) laboratory. Since then, Tait TP9100 portable radios and TM9100 mobile radios have been through rigorous and objective tests with several certified manufacturers. In addition, Tait/EADS hosted an interoperability event to allow other manufacturers' subscribers to be tested with Tait TB9100/EADS CORP25 infrastructure.
The SDoCs are now available on the Responder Knowledge Base website (www.rkb.us) with each document outlining the product tested, the version tested, other vendor products that it was tested against and pass/fail results for each feature.
"The P25 compliance assessment program has been a rigorous process and Tait is very proud to have P25 portables, mobiles and base stations that have successfully met the program's requirements," says Tait Americas president Steve Cragg. "With the release of SDoCs, prospective radio buyers now have the confidence that Tait radios and infrastructure will work seamlessly with those of other manufacturers."
"The CAP program has been satisfying for Tait staff to gain formal recognition that our products are interoperable with radios and infrastructure of other manufacturers. We have also learned a lot about how we can continuously improve our radios to ensure interoperable communications are a long-term assurance," concludes Steve.
The P25 CAP is a partnership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the P25 radio industry, and the emergency response community. The Department of Homeland Security is requiring any agency receiving grants for interoperable communications to purchase equipment that has passed P25 CAP testing.
The government-organized program helps assure buyers of P25 equipment that radios and networks from participating manufacturers will work seamlessly.