Once your P25 network is up and running, how should you manage it? The complexity of Public Safety communications is increasing, so network management requires significant experience and knowledge. Who will manage it? What should you monitor? How should you prepare for major events? Find out in this P25 Best Practice guide.

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Specifying is a crucial step in implementing your P25 system. It defines is a chronological approach, where most processes are iterative and impact each other. Learn more about specifying your P25 system with our free guide.

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Your level of investment for major events depends upon your location and risk assessment. You need to invest enough to stay on air through critical events, ensuring power to your sites throughout.

The greatest barrier to effective emergency response is low levels of preparedness – lack of training, and being unfamiliar with emergency operating procedures.

Technical issues come second. This section outlines measures to prepare for major events, whether they are planned exercises, natural or man-made disasters. Continue Reading

The only interoperability processes that will be effective in an emergency are those that are well known to your users. Expensive patching devices, ISSI (Inter-Sub-System Interfaces) and extra groups or channels in the radios will not help unless your users understand how to take advantage of them.

Keep your processes simple and make sure all your users are well trained.

Do not spend large sums of money on high tech devices when the best solutions may be operational.

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Even among the largest state-wide systems, network monitoring practices vary from strict, structured 24/7 internal operations to a reactive approach – responding only to complaints from system users. Why are relatively few Public Safety systems proactively monitored? Back in the days of software-free radio systems, not much could go wrong.

As long as there was power at the sites, power amplifiers did not burn, and antennas were not damaged by lightning, your system was probably in good shape. Should anything go wrong, your subscribers would quickly tell you that their channel was not working. Continue Reading