Originally Posted by nolinger
I have a pretty good understanding of how the current system works. I was just having a difficult time wrapping my head around why exactly the upgrade was needed. . Even listening to the on line recording of the legislation appropriations committee meeting, it seemed that no one that testified for or against the bill to spend the money for the upgrade knew why it was needed.
It's my understanding that Motorola will no longer support the ASTRO
4.1 platform the state of South Dakota is using by the end of the year. The latest software-defined platform from Motorola is 7.17, which allows for many system enhancements, including voice, data, Phase-II modulation, and other improvements that are not available with the current system that's in use. This means that many radios, dispatch consoles, and even scanners will need to be upgraded.
The good thing about P25 technology is that it's non-proprietary, which means that you can choose radios from various vendors. This means that you can receive competitive bids; thus, saving money in the long-run. This is good news for small, local government agencies that are on limited budgets.