The new P25 Standard
HRO (pronounced ‘hero’) is the name of CREST’s emergency radio communications system. The system is currently undergoing a $25 million upgrade in technology. As such, the system will now advance to a P25 Standard. P25 represents a suite of standards for digital radio communications used by federal, provincial/state and local emergency response agencies across North America. It is considered a world standard.
A primary feature of the HRO upgrade is the migration from a mixed mode analog/digital platform to an all digital platform. The most distinct advantages of this upgrade in technology are improved reliability, increased capacity, superior audio clarity, and better coverage.
Improved Audio Clarity
In an emergency response situation, lives depend on clear and accurate communications, both for system users and the public. With the migration of CREST’s HRO system from an analog to digital platform, audio clarity will be significantly improved. In layman’s terms, you could compare this to evolving from a walkie-talkie style audio experience to current day cell phone clarity.
Superior noise suppression
The HRO system upgrade means superior background noise suppression for users. Imagine the scene of an incident wherein fire, police and ambulance services are each responding. In these noisy environments, the need to call for additional back up, communicate between response agencies, or receive new dispatch information is very real. The superior noise suppression capabilities of the HRO system make everyone safer.
The HRO system upgrade will further strengthen coverage over a wide geographic area, optimizing the current infrastructure and expanding it. CREST’s plan provides for an additional 18 transmit sites giving users a higher level of service in more areas of the region. Using simulcast technology, users will experience ease of roaming and a lower rate of dropped calls. Simulcast is also more spectrum efficient. This equates into higher system capacity and quicker access onto the HRO network.
CREST’s HRO system upgrade is underway via a phased multi-year implementation plan.
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