Harris Offers Free Single-Key AES Upgrade for Public-Safety Radios
Thursday, November 09, 2017 | Comments

Harris Corporation announced a free single-key Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-256 encryption algorithm upgrade for its public-safety radios that will make them Project 25 (P25)-compliant and eligible for federal funding.

The single-key AES functionality was added to the Harris portfolio in response to the P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) encryption requirements compliance assessment bulletin (CAB) issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility in March.

“Harris’ commitment to single-key AES encryption and P25 open standards supports the policies and guidelines promoted by the Department of Homeland Security,” said Eric Makovsky, product line manager, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “Harris purposely developed a single-key capability to address minimalist encryption requirements. We wanted to make this easy and affordable, especially for our smaller customers who participate in large metropolitan mutual aid scenarios.”

Single-key AES is included at no additional cost on the XL family of radios including the 200P, 185P, 200Pi, 185i, XG-25 and XG-75 portable and mobile radios and the Unity XG-100 mobiles currently being shipped. Customers who already own these radio models can download the single-key AES upgrade at no additional charge.

Since the release of the CAB, many manufacturers have announced upgrade options for P25 encryption, and Motorola Solutions recently removed the Advanced Digital Privacy (ADP) encryption feature as an option on all subscriber models. Would you like to comment on this story? Find our comments system below.

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