Date of Award

Fall 2009

Project Type


Program or Major

Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

W Thomas Miller, III


Digital data messages are very important in modern communication systems and advanced mobile data technologies have opened the door to a wide range of applications and services in the public safety environment. Still, the availability of mobile data services among public safety agencies is hampered by two issues of the implementation of data communication: the reliability of commercial data services and the high cost of the equipment needed to support mixed voice and data transmissions over private land mobile radio channels.

This thesis describes the design and development of an inexpensive Software Defined APCO Project 25 Data Base Station that allows smaller law enforcement agencies to enable data services in their cruisers in a cost effective way. The data base station is comprised of a standard PC interfaced to a commercial analog VHF FM transceiver via a commercial PC sound card. The base station is compliant with commercial P25 digital mobile radios and operates in parallel to commercial P25 digital voice communications equipment.