IAFC Releases Report with Digital Audio Recommendations (7/1/08)
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 | Comments

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) released a new report with recommendations for firefighter use of digital technology following results of federal testing that found some current digital systems have unintelligible audio in loud-noise environments. The newest report from IAFC offers 15 specific recommendations for firefighters from more participation in the Project 25 (P25) user needs committee to a mentoring program to train communications specialists to more in-depth testing.

The IAFC report, called "Interim Report and Recommendations: Fireground Noise and Digital Radio Transmissions," includes conclusions based on nine months of laboratory testing conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The report includes a set of recommendations for the fire service, the federal government and industry surrounding the following themes:

• The development of standards and guidelines concerning public-safety communications intelligibility.
• Additional research, a broader review of standards and a gap analysis that addresses factors of communication systems, including but not limited to intelligibility, use practices, maintenance and alignment.
• Enhancing digital technologies to achieve the same or better level of the intelligibility quality of analog.
• Increased coordination and collaboration of government, public safety and industry.

The IAFC full report can be accessed here. For details on the NTIA test results and to listen to audio samples from the tests, click here.



 
 
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