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Detroit, Michigan is the latest city to receive national news media attention for the failure of its P25 digital trunked radio system. The system failed during the 4th of July holiday weekend creating havoc for first responders.

Please let this be a reminder that highly centralized, computer-dependent digital trunked radio systems are vulnerable to failure.  Failure of large public safety systems such as this can cripple the ability of first responders to deliver basic emergency services including police, fire and emergency medical responses.  Distributed radio systems that do not rely on a central computer are much more reliable when properly designed and maintained and cost a fraction of the amount of digital trunked systems.

Click here to read the WXYZ ABC7 TV News story   –   Click here to read the EMS World story