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    I can't find it in the program guidance, but was told that all requests for portable radios must include portables that are APCO25 compliant....does anyone know if this is true?

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    Page 42 of the Program Guidance:

    The guidance also encourages that, where appropriate, applicants purchase equipment that meets standards that have been developed and adopted by the public safety communications community–American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/TIA/EIAA-102 Phase 1 (Project 25) suite of standards. This recommendation is intended for government-owned or -leased land mobile public safety radio equipment, and its purpose is to make sure that such equipment or systems are capable of interoperating with other public safety land mobile equipment or systems. It is not intended to apply to commercial services that offer other types of interoperability solutions and does not exclude any application if it demonstrates that the system or equipment being proposed will lead to enhanced interoperability. The grant guidance does not propose to preclude funding of non-Project 25 equipment when there are compelling reasons for using other solutions. Absent these compelling reasons, ODP intends that Project 25 equipment will be preferred for digital systems to which the standard applies. The SAFECOM interoperable communications guidance addresses the following issues: • Criteria o Personnel Involved with Public Safety Communications Interoperability o Lifecycle of Public Safety Communications Projects o Common Public Safety Communications Goals o Common Criteria for All Grant Applicants o Standards o Governance • Criteria for Public Safety Communications Equipment Grants o Building, Upgrading, Enhancing, Replacing and Maintaining Public Safety Communications Systems and Equipment • Supplemental Criteria for Public Safety Equipment Grants o Planning for Public Safety Communication Systems o Training Public Safety Staff on Issues Related to Emergency Response Communications o Managing Public Safety Communications Projects o Generic Examples of Linking Disparate Public Safety Communications Systems The SAFECOM grant guidance materials are available in their entirety on the SAFECOM website (http://www.safecomprogram.gov) in the electronic library. They can also be accessed through ODP Information Bulletin #113, posted on the ODP website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp/docs/bulletins.htm.

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    thanks Brian....I knew it was there somewhere

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    so does this mean that the APCO25 a high priority when askin for portables?

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    It is if an APCO 25 system is in your area. If not, then purchasing APCO 25 compliant equipment isn't needed since it wouldn't do you any good.

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    yea we just went to a 800mhz APCO25 Smartzone system in November so i should be in good shape then.... thanks for the reply.

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