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Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program - The Importance of ISSI testing.

In emergencies, it is critical that first responders have reliable technology to ensure seamless, efficient communication. The compliance assessment program (CAP) was created to ensure that first responders are able to react and coordinate with each other either day to day or during larger scale events no matter what type of equipment make or model they are using to communicate.

In December 2016, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) published its 2016 project 25 compliance program charter. The document outlines the P25 CAP program, and discusses the requirements for testing labs, providers and others.

The P25 CAP advisory panel will be meeting on Wednesday, February 1, from 1pm to 5pm at the Embassy Suites in Orlando to discuss the initiative.

As 9-1-1 Magazine pointed out in it’s January 2016 article, “Many public safety agencies are still operating on communications technologies that were state of the art in the 1980s”. The article points out that dated technology not only creates a nuisance for first responders, but can directly impact their effectiveness in an emergency. The article points out “communication dead zones have become all too familiar, and put safety personnel at undue risk.”

Next generation technologies have become available to bring emergency services into the 21st century. The newer technologies bring innovations that make them durable, multi-purpose, and easier to use with improved the quality of voice communications.

Even with these new technologies, the most critical aspect is reliability of communications. These new communication tools must provide seamless interaction between dispatchers, first responders, and support staff, each of whom may be using portable radios, laptops, dispatch consoles or some other interface.

In addition, the various interfaces must be able to communicate smoothly. This includes the common air interface (CAI), console subsystem interface (CSSI), fixed base subsystem interface (FSSI) and inter-RF subsystem interface (ISSI). Testing of the reliability of these interfaces is critical.

With regard to ISSI testing, the current testing process is manual and extremely time-consuming. To properly test ISSI, a radio has to be constructed, and the tester must take the radio to the first site and perform testing. He or she must then travel to the subsequent locations to perform the testing. This process can take weeks and tie up resources.

Technologies are available today to streamline this test process. The test can be easy to use, cost effective, and already proven. Valid8.com is pleased to have been invited to demonstrate our capabilities to support ISSI and CSSI testing.

To learn more about Valid8.com and our CSSI testing, visit our P25 ISSI & CSSI testing page.

Mark Severns

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