If others around jump on in same keys or all use interops which can be patched it shouldn't be a problem if done correctly.
Encryption of all communications (not just sensitive operations) is in essence a "policy decision". While a given public safety department's views on this matter (Chief or otherwise) may be the initial impetus behind a move to full encryption, the decision to do so ultimately rests with those who that same department/Chief report to: City Mayor, Town Manager/Town Council, County Executives etc.
Technology and vendor sales pressure aside, it's the elected political powers in a given jurisdiction that make the final call as to whether or not all communications will be Encrypted. These same elected officials are also responsible for upholding a certain level of transparency & openness in their government operations - including allowing their constituents (public and media) some level of access.
Like any other policy decision, it's incumbent that our government officials strive to find a healthy balance between the need to protect officer safety and the right of those they serve (the public) to have transparency in the government they pay for. I personally believe this is where the dialogue around this whole issue needs to move to.
That compromise for lack of a better word is somewhere in the middle IMO. Encryption of sensitive operations if a department so desires/needs, while leaving day-to-day patrol activities in the clear is something most rational people and hobbyists can probably support. Easier said than done....but it can be done.
Motorola has just included AES256 for free on the APX line, I suspect that more agencies will adopt this standard.As has been said many times before, encrypting everything only goes to the benefit of the radio vendors bank account. I have no reservations on encrypting specific channels and or talkgroups for things like SWAT, Admin and drug teams. But for the most part, it can become a major problem for the daily dispatching.
The radio vendors have refined their wine and dine tactics to the point they know exactly when to spring the big E on the management people they are meeting with. They make it sound like it's a life and death situation if everything isn't encrypted. Then these same vendors smile all the way to the bank. In their wake is the headaches of trying to communicate with other agencies, changing the encryption keys now and then and trying to keep track of who needs what encryption key.
Been in this radio field a really long time and have seen this wave of pushing for full encryption through the entire fleet of radios across the country. If an agency is upgrading to a new P25 system, even more effort is put on these agencies by the sales force to get encryption included with the new radio system. The poor tax payer ends up taking it where the sun don't shine.
I know this topic has been beat to death.
How does it 'become a major problem for the daily dispatching' exactly.As has been said many times before, encrypting everything only goes to the benefit of the radio vendors bank account. I have no reservations on encrypting specific channels and or talkgroups for things like SWAT, Admin and drug teams. But for the most part, it can become a major problem for the daily dispatching...
Don't think this came as a peace offering from Motorola. It came about partially due to DHS saying it would no longer fund any grant money if AES256 wasn't part of the encryption package. Motorola has been offering AEP for nothing up to this point. So this may now be the new wave of the future.Motorola has just included AES256 for free on the APX line, I suspect that more agencies will adopt this standard.