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Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)

Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)

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P25 compliant, P25 CAP compliant, P25 compliant with the Statement of Requirements (P25 SOR) -- what does it all mean? P25 CAP, a voluntary program, allows suppliers to publicly attest to their products' compliance through P25 CAP testing at DHS-recognized laboratories. As proof, suppliers are required to submit Summary Test Report (STR) and Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) documents. These documents are available on the Approved (Grant-Eligible) Equipment page. It is this list, and only this list, which is referenced by several federal grant programs, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as allowable equipment to be purchased.

    Program Updates

    Advisory Panel Meeting at SAFECOM/NCSWIC

    May 3, 2018 -- The next P25 CAP AP meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming SAFECOM and NCSWIC meetings on Wednesday, May 16 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Salon H&I. P25 CAP AP members, industry, public safety, and interested attendees will have the opportunity to discuss various topics during the open Q&A. Among the expected topics is continued discussion in the addition of Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) and Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) testing to the P25 CAP.  An agenda including all logistical information is forthcoming. For those that cannot attend in person, note that the following conference bridge will be available: Dial-In: 866-951-1151 and Call ID: 7492054#.

    Program Updates from March Advisory Panel Meeting

    March 30, 2018 -- The P25 CAP Advisory Panel held their most recent quarterly in-person meeting at the 2018 International Wireless Communications Expo on March 6. During the meeting, several P25 CAP program updates were provided and discussed by the Advisory Panel with stakeholders in attendance, some of which include the removal of non-508 compliant documents from the P25 CAP website, and information on the upcoming deadlines for TDMA test lab accreditation. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has put together a summary slide deck to provide P25 CAP stakeholders with a clear breakdown of the information provided and future deadlines.

    DHS S&T Seeking User and Industry Assistance with Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI)/Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI)  Conformance Testing

    Feb. 20, 2018 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T)  has partnered with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS), and Department of Interior (DOI) to add Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) and Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) testing to the P25 CAP.  DHS S&T is seeking partnerships with public safety end users and industry to develop and pilot ISSI/CSSI conformance testing.  In the coming months, DHS S&T would like to conduct testing and evaluation of actual field implementations of ISSI/CSSI.  Further, DHS S&T would like to conduct testing across as many manufacturer’s equipment as possible. Interested parties in being a part of Conformance test development activities should email P25CAP@hq.dhs.gov

    Testing to the 2017 Baseline Common Air Interface (CAI) Testing Requirements CAB

    Feb. 20, 2018 -- In July 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Science and Technology (S&T) published the 2017 Baseline Common Air Interface (CAI) Testing Requirements Compliance Assessment Bulletin (CAB). This CAB added requirements for Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) performance testing, TDMA trunking interoperability testing and trunking supplementary data testing to the requirements already included in the 2016 CAI TEST REQ CAB. DHS S&T also published accompanying Suppliers Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) and Summary Test Report (STR) templates for the 2017 CAI CAB.  At the time, DHS S&T did not establish a required timeframe for manufacturers to test to these new requirements. DHS S&T wanted to give manufacturers time to familiarize themselves with the new testing requirements. DHS S&T is encouraging manufacturers to test their equipment to these new testing requirements as soon as possible. DHS S&T, in consultation with P25 CAP AP, is currently evaluating Phase II test deadlines and expects to establish those soon.

    30 Day Public Comment Period for Revised Suppliers’ Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) and Summary Test Report (STR) Templates

    Feb. 13, 2018 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) continues its efforts to streamline the Suppliers’ Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) and Summary Test Report (STR) templates in an effort to make P25 CAP documentation more useful to end users as well as reduce the burden on manufacturers and P25 CAP recognized laboratories. DHS OIC has offered two webinars in recent months to collect feedback on the new templates. OIC will now open a 30 day comment period to review the latest version of the SDOC templates. The STR templates are available by request to P25CAP@hq.dhs.gov. Following adjudication of feedback collected during this comment period as well as during the webinars, DHS OIC will publish the final SDOC templates as well as a comment matrix detailing how comments were addressed. Please note there are separate SDOCs and STRs for subscriber and base station repeater equipment. Please submit all comments to the SDOC and STR templates by COB Thursday, March 16, 2018 to P25CAP@hq.dhs.gov.

    DHS OIC at P25 Compliance Assessment Process and Procedures Task Group (CAPPTG) Meeting

    Feb. 12, 2018 -- Sridhar Kowdley presented at the February 2018 CAPPTG meeting held in conjunction with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8 meeting in Mesa, Arizona. The presentation highlighted DHS OIC efforts to streamline the P25 CAP documentation materials as well as DHS OIC’s desire to add Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) and Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) testing to the P25 CAP. DHS OIC is now engaged in a partnership with Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS) and Department of Interior Denver Labs to help facilitate this testing. For further details including planned timelines please visit the presentation page

    Past Events and Announcements

    30 Day Public Comment Period for Revised Suppliers’ Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) and Summary Test Report (STR) Templates

    Feb. 13, 2018 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) continues its efforts to streamline the Suppliers’ Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) and Summary Test Report (STR) templates in an effort to make P25 CAP documentation more useful to end users as well as reduce the burden on manufacturers and P25 CAP recognized laboratories. DHS OIC has offered two webinars in recent months to collect feedback on the new templates. OIC also held a 30 day comment period to review the latest version of the SDOC templates. The STR templates were available by request to P25CAP@hq.dhs.gov. Following adjudication of feedback collected during this comment period as well as during the webinars, DHS OIC will publish the final SDOC templates as well as a comment matrix detailing how comments were addressed. Please note there are separate SDOCs and STRs for subscriber and base station repeater equipment. The comment period for the SDOC and STR templates closed COB Thursday, March 16, 2018.

    Minimum Feature Requirements Compliance Assessment Bulletin – Published

    Nov. 13, 2017 -- The Minimum Feature Requirements Compliance Assessment Bulletin (CAB) is now finalized and can be accessed on the P25 CAP Bulletins page. Thank you to all those who have submitted their comments. There is an accompanying comment matrix that is also published outlining the comments received. The Minimum Feature Requirements CAB defines the minimum interoperability features and capabilities that are required for P25 subscriber and repeater equipment that are capable of conventional operation to be eligible to be considered P25 CAP Compliant. This document defines which Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)-102/P25 CAP conventional interoperability test cases shall be passed in order for the equipment to be eligible to be considered P25 CAP Compliant and for the equipment’s SDOC and STR to be eligible for posting on the P25 CAP Approved (Grant Eligible) Equipment page.

    Industry Response to Encryption Requirements CAB

    Nov. 2, 2017 -- Earlier this year, DHS OIC published the Encryption Requirements Compliance Assessment Bulletin (CAB), which outlines P25 CAP requirements for encryption. The Encryption Requirements CAB resulted in some manufacturers’ equipment no longer being identified as P25 CAP Compliant. Since then, all affected manufacturers have engaged with DHS OIC to identify the process for bringing their equipment into compliance with the Encryption Requirements CAB and have done so. Each piece of equipment currently found on the Approved (Grant-Eligible) Equipment page is P25 CAP Compliant. 

    DHS OIC, with permission from each manufacturer, is making the correspondence received available. The manufacturers’ correspondence explains, in each manufacturer’s own words, the process each manufacturer is using to bring its equipment into compliance with the Encryption Requirements CAB and the process each manufacturers’ customers would follow to ensure the equipment they are going to purchase or have already purchased would be or would be made P25 CAP Compliant.

    2016 CAB Exception for Conventional Interoperability with Dispatch Console Testing

    Aug. 28, 2017 -- Until February 28, 2018, DHS OIC is granting an exception for “rule of three” conventional interoperability testing for specific test cases. This exception is being granted due to delays in getting a sufficient number of P25 Test Labs accredited for conventional interoperability testing. The test cases receiving the exception are in Table 16. Conventional Interoperability Tests – FNE Includes Dispatch Consoles Mode of the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program Baseline Common Air Interface Testing Requirements (P25-CAB-CAI_TEST_REQ  August 2016).

    For the equipment submitted under this exception, DHS OIC will add a note on the P25 CAP web page that states the equipment was submitted with an exception for Conventional Interoperability with Dispatch Console testing.

    The SDOC that is submitted shall state in the P25-CAB-CAI_TEST_REQ – AUGUST 2016, Section 2.1.3.2 paragraph: “Conventional Interoperability Tests – FNE Includes Dispatch Consoles Mode testing was not completed when submitted.”

    The STR that is submitted shall display a test case result of ‘E’ for all test cases where the exception is being claimed for the test cases listed under INTEROPERABILITY TESTING (700 MHZ, 800 MHZ) – CONVENTIONAL FNE INCLUDES DISPATCH AND OTHER MONITORING CONSOLES (REPEAT MODE (SU-TO-FNE-TO-SU) OR DIRECT MODE).

    A new comment row shall be added in the STR Comments table. The row shall state “E: Exception to Conventional Interoperability Tests – FNE Includes Dispatch Console Mode”.

    Stakeholder Feedback

    Jan. 17, 2017 -- DHS OIC is always seeking input from the community to improve the P25 Compliance Assessment Program.  Among the current items of most interest to DHS OIC is to identify ways to promote or encourage the establishment of Inter RF Sub System Interface/Console Sub System Interface test laboratories as part of P25 CAP. Ideas and suggestions can be sent to P25CAP@hq.dhs.gov.

    About P25 CAP

    The P25 CAP is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), industry, and the emergency response community. The initial program focus is on the Common Air Interface, which allows for over-the-air compatibility between radios and tower equipment.

    For more information on P25 CAP, watch a video and read the following overview documents listed below:

    • The P25 CAP Video highlights the P25 CAP Advisory Panel’s efforts to review, evaluate and update the standards to keep pace with advances in digital communications.
    • The P25 CAP Fact Sheet describes how the P25 CAP works, the value of the program to public safety, and the program’s long-term-goals.
    • The P25 CAP Charter provides an overview of the program, the program’s operating framework, and the roles and responsibilities of the involved parties.
    • The P25 CAP FAQs document addresses commonly asked questions about the program.

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