Having undergone operational evaluation during 2009 — including use at the Presidential Inauguration, Kentucky Derby, multiple live burns, and other events — the Liberty radio is now in a pilot test under the DHS MBR Program. Each of the participating agencies will conduct a minimum 30-day pilot. The pilots are designed to focus on the capabilities and effectiveness of the technology, with users primarily in a command-and-control role or involved in special operations with multiple entities. Factors such as operating bands, partner agencies and disciplines, interoperable conditions, and geographic landscapes were considered when selecting pilot sites. Feedback provided by participants of this pilot program will help ensure that true interoperability is delivered to our nation's first responders.
Stephen Nichols, first vice president of the Project 25 Technology Interest Group, has been with Thales Communications Inc. since 1997 leading business development activities for the company's Project 25 radio product lines.