Global Database Administrator
- Dec 23, 2001
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
They ARE using encryption to combat terrorists ,.......I sat and read the comments and the story and i say this
The use of encryption for basic calls, is un-needed or warrented, now for stings and other busts, ohh yeah i have to say go for it but to hide normal traffic is paranoid, and an excuse to let some things go on.
but like many other departments, they think they have to encrypt transmissions, for "combating terrorist" or something like that!
I think this "new wave" is gonna make interoperability, a thing of the past, to a point,
so YAY public is screwed once again!
Uh, what?For the past two months, the police department has been working to install its new digital radio system, Digital Motorola 800.
Even if the police department had not opted to add the encryption feature, Ure said, non-subscribers would not be able to tune in because of the system's advanced technology.
"A scanner does not exist to listen to this frequency," Ure said. "Technology has not caught up yet."
Ure said the police department paid extra for the encryption feature as a preventive measure.
"We don't want to take the chance that three years from now someone will build a scanner that can listen in to our frequency."
That is EXACTLY what people are being told about Parker County's new VHF P25 (Phase 1) system. You can't get a scanner to listen to it. But in the next breath they say you have to have a key to program a scanner to listen to it. Apparently they haven't been to the local Radio Shack yet."For the past two months, the police department has been working to install its new digital radio system, Digital Motorola 800.
Even if the police department had not opted to add the encryption feature, Ure said, non-subscribers would not be able to tune in because of the system's advanced technology."
Uhhhh I think I missed something. Are they switching to a Phase II system? What Moto system are they switching to that cant be picked up by digital scanners?
I agree that narrowbanding has nothing to do with the migration to digital. Drank the digital Kool-Aid??? Yeah he may have had a cup or two but here's the issue, if they continue to go with Motorola, the big /\/\ isn't selling new analog trunking systems anymore. He did mention the issue of support and parts for his central site controllers are getting difficult to get and/or support. He's right in that aspect. With the latest SmartNet/SmartZone controllers if they have them, support ends 2016. If he has older models such as the 6809, better start surfing Ebay for cards. Oh well, no where to go but 1's ands 0's. As far as encryption, you can get Motorola's proprietary ADP in your radio flash for $10 each at time of purchase. It isn't AES but it certainly gives them privacy on the cheap.<QUOTE"Ure said the sense of urgency was created by the Federal Communications Commission's mandate that all analog radio systems, such as the one currently used by the city-county emergency network, be replaced with digital systems."UNQUOTE>
Where did he get the idea that the FCC has mandated analog systems be replaced by digital?
There is NO such mandate.
He is confusing 12.5 KHz refarming below 512 MHz with getting 800 MHz digital equipment.
Either URE doesn't know what he is talking about or some salesman has done a hell of a sales job.
Either way there is something wrong here.