May 26, 2011
Icom’s P25 Equipment Meets DHS CAP Requirements
Icom is pleased to announce its IC-F9011/F9021 portable and IC-F9511/F9521 mobile P25
radios are Compliance Assessment Program (CAP)-compliant. CAP is a voluntary program that
demonstrates a supplier’s equipment meets defined P25 standards in performance, and
Public safety agencies receiving federal grant money for P25 equipment are required to
purchase CAP-compliant equipment. Federal grants are widely available for public safety
agencies interested in buying mission-critical equipment.
The CAP program requires manufacturers to submit products to Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) recognized test laboratories for a stringent assessment process, which includes
performance and interoperability testing.
Manufacturers also are required to provide a Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance (SDoC),
specifying the equipment tested and the DHS-identified lab performing the test supply pass/fail
data for each of the tests. The FEMA Responders Knowledge Base (RKB) website www.rkb.us
lists the summary test results (STR).
Icom is among a limited number of manufacturers currently offering CAP-compliant P25
equipment. “We are at the cusp of the trend,” says Chris Lougee, Vice President of Icom
Icom’s CAP-compliant radios meet IP57 certification requirements and are backwardscompatible
with legacy equipment. Radio power has been increased to 6 watts. The cosmetic
interoperable layout of the switches, knobs, and dials has been accepted as an industry
standard. The radios are also easy to merge into fleets of radios. And the Icom radios have an
enhanced vocoder, which is very important to firefighters.
Lougee anticipates a strong market for CAP-compliant P25 equipment. There are some 3,000
counties throughout the country with three to five agencies each. In the end, Lougee says, “P25
is driven by the need of end users.”
For more information about Icom America, visit www.icomamerica.com.