In 1989, a joint venture by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD), federal agencies, and the National Communications System (NCS) developed a new set of standards for radio systems. The purpose of these standards was to create better interoperability for public safety personnel so that no matter who manufactured their digital radios, they would have effective communication with everyone on the scene. The new standards were labeled Project 25, better known as P25, and these radios quickly became a must-have for all emergency services. So who are the groups that depend on these radios?

The main groups that depend on P25 radios are public safety personnel at the federal, state, and local levels. Firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel highly depend on these radios that offer them the necessary interoperability to effectively do their jobs. Military personnel have also come to depend on these radios to ensure that they have the communication needed to perform their duties.

While the P25 standard was developed for public safety officials in North America, these radios are not limited to public safety or North America. In fact, the interoperability provided by P25 radios has led to organizations from around the world adopting these standards to ensure they are receiving the type of communication that they need out of their digital radios.

The standards set by P25 brought communication through radios to a new level. By using P25 radios, the days of communication lapses becoming a problem when two departments attempt to work together during an emergency situation are gone. Now, multiple departments can come together with no communication issues to ensure the safety of each member of their department and for the community that they are protecting. RELM Wireless is proud to provide P25 radios to federal, state, and local public safety personnel across the country.