- Jul 4, 2019
Tetra is used everywhere in the CIS countries, and this is a very large market of radiohackers )
DMR is not considered public safety grade. There, said / barked it again. It doesn't matter that some vendors sell DMR equipment to some public safety entities.With absolutely nothing done to the SDS series in over a year, I doubt it would happen anyway.
But I would like to have the capability regardless.
And you can bark that "DMR is not public safety grade" all you want to, but the fact is, there are thousands of DMR systems in use for Public Safety all over the Country, and they are getting along just fine.
DHS agencies won't give you grant money for DMR - there's a reason for that. Industry and government standards groups also see the distinction. I know that in our state, a local radio vendor installed a commercial grade "solution" for a county that never worked well, thanks to the "good old boy" network. It was recently replaced with a P25 network that does work after years of poor performance. It still remains that commercial DMR equipment is not considered PSG by the industry or any major jurisdiction. I get that some entities cannot afford PSG equipment, but that does not mean that selecting DMR equipment to use in a public safety setting makes it PSG. Perhaps the poorest county in our state - and the most mountainous and remote - is migrating to the state's P25 system. The radio infrastructure was built by the state; the subscribers were obtained through various DHS LE and Fire grants; and the county is paying for dispatch consoles , network links, and "renovating" an EOC, for something like $900K for a county of 40K residents. They could not afford to rebuild their own system, but they were able to modernize because of the ability to obtain grants for P25 subscribers and leverage the state's system. Note that Maryland does not charge users to join the state's radio system, unlike some other states.Just because P25 was named the standard interoperability standard does not make other types public safety grade does it?