October 2013 Inbox
Friday, October 11, 2013 | Comments

Following are comments we’ve received from readers about recent online and print news and articles. If you’d like to comment on an article, email edit@RRMediaGroup.com.


In response to “FirstNet Investigation to Transfer to Inspector General from Board Committee” from Oct. 25


This development is a positive step. Any board in any organization investigating itself through a committee will never be perceived as being impartial. An independent, non-member review will have far more credibility.

Michael Dube



In response to “Lawsuit over Fitzgerald’s FirstNet Emails Surfaces” from Oct. 15


Exempting the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not a good way to earn the public's trust at a time when it has reached an all-time low. We are watching the lack of progress on the GovNET grant as an example.

Stuart Snow



In response to “P25 Makes Strides Outside North America” from Oct. 8


I know of at least one Project 25 (P25) system in West Africa. U.S. legislation makes it difficult to support because the vendors are scared of the U.S. punishing them for selling encrypted technology outside the U.S.

As you say, the use is good for mining and especially the oil industry, where these guys need the rugged security the P25 system can bring them. Pity the U.S. is blocking industries that need tough and secure communications.

Leon van der Linde

Global Communications
Pretoria, South Africa



Project 25 (P25) is old technology. I believe that Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) is more cost effective and has more benefits than P25. It gives users encryption and two channels per repeater and simulcast at lower cost than P25. Several manufacturers offer DMR simulcast and Tier 3 trunking at more cost-effective prices than P25.

Bruce S. Marcus
Chief Technology Officer
Marcus Communications
Manchester, Conn.



We appreciate your well-done and concise article just published. Good summary and interview references.

Basil (Bill) Pagones
Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)



In response to “Chrysler’s New Telematics 9-1-1 Service Requires Telecommunicator Education” from Oct. 2


As a public-safety answering point (PSAP) manager, our dispatchers (telecommunicators) need both the location coordinates or the caller/vehicle and the ability to speak to the vehicle occupants. How do we do both? 

The location coordinates should be passed to the PSAP automatically and the occupants of the vehicle connected by voice to the dispatcher answering the 9-1-1 call.

Patrick Goldschmidt
9-1-1 Director
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Sidney, Ohio

Editor’s Note: The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) provided additional information on the Chrysler service here.  



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