Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, will showcase its upgraded VESTA™ Radio solution, a P25 Phase 2 system, with a demonstration at APCO 2015 in Washington D.C. on August 16-19. Attendees are invited to view the demonstration at booth #1333.
“We are excited to unveil our latest upgrade to our VESTA Radio P25 solution that will offer our customers increased talking capacity while still providing fully open and compliant P25 interoperability,” said Bob Freinberg, CEO of Airbus DS Communications. “With our P25 Phase 2 system, agencies can expect enhanced and seamless call coordination between public safety officials—it’s a smarter way to strengthen public safety communications and keep our communities safe.”
The upgraded VESTA Radio solution uses a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) over-the-air interface for voice traffic. The TDMA-based system will provide two voice traffic channels within a 12.5 kHz channel—doubling the talking capacity with the same channel bandwidth. The upgraded system works in both FDMA and TDMA modes to support a mix of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 users on the system at the same time, providing interoperability and seamless migration of Phase 1 users to Phase 2 operation at the time and pace of the customer’s choosing.
The demonstration at APCO will feature Avtec, Inc.’s pure Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) with the VESTA Radio P25 Phase 2 system. Built on open standards, Avtec’s Scout™ dispatch console allows clients to use both legacy analog FDMA and TDMA radio technologies concurrently. Participants will first see how a legacy FDMA-based system that is only capable of making one call, shows the second call as busy. Then the TDMA-system will be switched into place making both calls possible, enhancing the capacity of the system and supporting more calls from first responders.
“The TDMA demonstration between Airbus and Avtec validates our joint commitment to lead the industry in providing comprehensive communication solutions that are standards based,” said Michael Ridge, Avtec’s Director of Partnerships and Alliances.
As with all VESTA Radio solutions, the Phase 2 system is completely open and standards-based, giving agencies the flexibility to choose the exact components they need—radios, consoles, recorders and more—from multiple vendors. It also will support Airbus DS Communications’ VESTA™ Radio partners and the P25 ecosystem.
The company’s first customer deployment of the upgraded solution is expected to take place in the coming months.
For more information, visit Airbus-DSComm.com.
About Airbus Defense and Space
Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.
Airbus DS Communications, an Airbus Defense and Space Holdings, Inc. company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies. The VESTA® product suite provides Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing systems, land mobile radio solutions and emergency notification applications, creating smarter ways to keep all our communities safe.
Airbus DS Communications, Director of Marketing