Project 25 is a series of standards being developed by the TIA TR-8 Committee, which is made up of customer representatives from federal, state, and local public safety organizations. The Project 25 standards are developed under the guidance of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) whose standard formulating committees include manufacturer representatives. TIA standards are developed using open procedures that are required by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
- To obtain maximum spectrum efficiency
- To purchase radios and other equipment from more than one vendor
- To allow effective inter-agency communications
- To migrate systems without replacing all of your equipment
Catalyst is committed to going above and beyond the P25 standards for interoperability. We were awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award from the US Government to develop a P25 interface from a Catalyst Gateway to a P25 radio that could become a template for a standard for mobile radios, as a wireline interface to a mobile radio is not included in the current standards setting efforts. This project is titled "Project 25 Mobile Radio Migration Platform for Homeland Security and Fire Management". The output of our SBIR award will address the same goals as the statement of requirements and user needs identified in the standards process.
In addition to our Project 25 development efforts, Catalyst supports the efforts of Project 25 through our membership in the Project 25 Interest Group (PTIG).
More information about Project 25 can be obtained from the Association of Public safety Communications Officers (APCO).