Thursday, May 22, 2008

APCO 25 Interoperability

Emergency communications interoperability through an APCO-25 terrestrial interface has been proposed.

This would increase emergency communications usability and increase opportunities for funding.

Here is a short introductory article on APCO-25.

Here is an industry article about APCO-25.

Here is the project home page.

There is an information page of interest at the same site as the home page.

People "in the know" refer to the standard as P25.1, meaning APCO project 25 phase 1, which is the current phase. Phase 2 and up are in development.

What I'd like to do is explore the idea of using a cognitive radio module to handle the interoperability. This would rely upon Tom Rondeau's work, as explained in his dissertation.

What I need are people that are interested in taking on the responsibility of supporting this terrestrial module for Namaste. This means learning the standards well enough to assist in writing and reviewing requirements, establishing the feasibility of using cognitive radio technology to bridge between our IP layer and external APCO-25 waveforms, and then supporting the design effort. After that comes build, test, and verification.

In the short term, soaking up knowledge about phase 1 is what I'm after, in order to write quality requirements.

Who is interested in this area of the project and wants to get started?

-Michelle W5NYV

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