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P25: New Standards, Interoperability, & Security for 2022 and Beyond

Stephen Nichols  (Executive Director, Project 25 Technology Interest Group)

Andy Davis  (Manager P25 Standards, Motorola Solutions)

Jim Downes  (Chief of the Federal and International Emergency Communications Branch, DHS CISA)

Jeremy Elder  (Director of Product Management for Systems Infrastructure, L3Harris)

Cheryl Giggetts  (Principal, CTA Consultants)

Justin Evans  (Radio Systems Manager, Montgomery County TX)

Chris Maiers  (Iowa Statewide interoperability Coordinator, Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board)

Hermina "Nina" Koshinski  (Chief, Radio Applications & Networks, Pennsylvania State Police the PA-STARNet)

Scott Wright  (Telecommunications Engineer II, Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection)

Location: N262

Date: Tuesday, March 22

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Track: Emergency Comms: LMR, LTE, 5G, Interoperability

Format: Workshop

Vault Recording: TBD

P25 remains critically important to public safety users. With over 3000 systems on the air and 42 State-wide Networks, its continued evolution with new standards, capabilities, and applications will be relevant, even as FirstNet and other public safety broadband networks continue to roll out. In this 3 hour workshop, hear directly from P25 System Directors about how P25 technology is best deployed, managed, and maintained to meet the communications needs of their user agencies. Review the governance models that have created significant growth for Statewide P25 systems over the last decade. Learn how P25 Sharing is creating cost savings and improved interoperability for smaller jurisdictions. See examples of P25 in action during planned events and natural disasters.
Learn what's new for P25 in 2022 and beyond. See how the technology is adapting and interworking to meet the changing technology eco-system. Get the latest P25 technology update including: New P25 standards, and priorities going forward and LMR interworking with LTE and Mission-Critical PTT. Explore P25 Inter-System Interface (ISSI) capabilities and best practices for interoperability through roaming and sharing region-wide, and state-wide. Learn about P25 Location Services Standards and their real-world applications. Strong interest in Communications Security and Encryption is growing. Review improved Security and Encryption capabilities including a new P25 Link Layer Encryption standard, and improved AES Key Management. Explore P25 Testing solutions and resources including: DHS CAP program, Independent Lab capabilities and In building testing. Finally, review the latest new P25 products and services for 2022. .


1) An update on the latest P25 Standards just released, how they improve existing systems and what are the priorities for future development and capabilities.
2) The latest Update on Interworking standards between P25 LMR Systems and new LTE Broadband MCPTT services from the ATIS/TIA Working Group.
3) Real world Applications from P25 System Directors for: Intersystem Interface (ISSI) connections between stand-alone P25 systems, Best Practices for roaming and interoperability region-wide and state-wide, P25 for Emergency Communications, and Encryption Interoperability.
4) P25 Security & Encryption improvements including new link layer encryption and Key management interoperability.