First, if you truly want to move to digital then your chosen manufacturer should have a complete solution for your communication and notification needs.
Second, all the major P25 radio manufacturers have "promised" bridge units to go between existing analogue systems and digital. This of course means maintaining both radio systems with the associated costs.
Thirdly, ensure your moving to digital for the right reasons. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of both systems with respect to your operations and expectations so as to not get into a "flavour of the month" cycle.
http://www.officer.com/article/10727526 ... s-benefits
http://www.elert.com/the-difference-bet ... o-systems/
https://blog.tcomeng.com/index.php/2007 ... nd-analog/
The reason we are going digital is due to our distance between stations and repeaters.
I have stations that are 70 miles apart and in order to bring together the communication we are going to link the repeaters via ip links.
We have been looking at three different systems and all three have no paging available with no short term plan to have it. The reply from most is that cost comparison between pagers and portables is so small they suggest that the guys carry radios instead, but I want to give my fireman the option of only listening in on there hall calls or if they choose to listen to all that is fine as well.
It is kind of ironic that they tell us digital can do it all just by programming and the basic tool for the fire department is paging and it seams to be a bit of a black hole
Thanks for your input
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