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What is PASTARNet P25?


The Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network is the commonwealth’s statewide wireless voice and data network for public safety and emergency response communications. PASTARNet is available to all PA local, state and federal public safety agencies. As a state-of-the-art wireless digital communications platform, PASTARNet put heightened safety and effectiveness at the forefront, delivering seamless interoperability, secure, reliable communications and cutting-edge voice and data capabilities. Learn how Pennsylvania is enhancing safety.

How can PASTARNet help your agency?


Imagine how much more effective your agencies could be with …
  • Complete interoperability between towns and cities, as well as neighboring states
  • Blanket wide coverage with the ability to add additional radio sites
  • Real-time data intelligence, such as GPS location, text messaging, and over-the-air programming
  • And much more

Interested in joining?

With multiple partnerships available, joining PASTARNet is feasible and cost-effective. Whether you need new radios, a software upgrade or console additions, it’s easy. You focus on the mission; we’ll focus on the technology, maintaining and upgrading the system for optimal performance.

The Challenge

As useful as OpenSky had proved, it limits were impeding first responders. The legacy system’s capacity was at its peak; core parts were difficult to replace, and interoperability was not an option. It was clear to Pennsylvania that an upgrade was imperative.

The Solution

PASTARNet closes the communications gap between agencies and opens the way for greater safety. Seamless collaboration is now possible, thanks to this fully compliant Project 25 Standard platform. Built to accommodate all of Pennsylvania’s local, state, and federal public safety agencies, its expansive capacity can continue to grow. And with each comes all the advantages of cutting-edge digital technology - mission-critical data and crisper, clearer audio. Plus as a shared network, it’s a viable solutions for lowering costs, helping agencies save money and lives.

PASTARNet operates on these system components:


operating on the 700/800 MHZ digital trunked technology


allowing data transmissions, LEADS inquiries, reformatting of data from Mobile Data Terminals (MDT)


providing GPS-based auto vehicle location, resource recommendation and GGM display


6,000 and growing

voice units


mobile data units


public safety / public service agencies statewide

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Fiscal Year 2019-2020

All the benefits. None of the setbacks.

Communications are the backbone of every mission. Stay ahead with the advanced digital technology of PASTARNet. You have the freedom to choose which devices to use, the ability to unify response with one cohesive interoperable system and the financial foresight to balance budget restrictions with operational needs – all without taking on the hassle of managing the network. As the largest public safety network operator, Motorola has a proven track record of ensuring security, guaranteeing performance and mitigating risk. Our services include regular software and hardware refreshes to keep your system up to date, combat obsolescence and future proof your investment.

Collaborate Seamlessly

The more cohesive your communications the better your ability to respond. PA-STARNET unifies agency communications, blanketing the state with greater than 95% Mobile voice and data coverage. So when the need calls, you can work as one with seamless interoperability.

Maximize Investments, Minimize Costs

No need to layout hefty capital to install and maintain a tower and communications infrastructure. Simply, subscribe to PASTARNet. Doing so gives you control over spending, thanks to fixed operating costs, and the best technology has to offer. And as ongoing upkeep is shared across multiple agencies, savings are greater and expenses predictable.

Drop Dead Zones

Your days of spotty coverage and interference are over with PASTARNet. As a subscriber, wherever you go, clear audio follows. That’s because you gain the same number of sites you currently use, plus the coverage of those surrounding your city or county.

Automatically Roam

Whether you’re in a high-speed pursuit, responding to a statewide emergency or traveling on business, trust that PASTARNet will automatically connect to adjacent sites, as well as keep you in contact with your own talkgroup and dispatch.

Expand Capacity

Designed to accommodate all of Pennsylvania’s federal, state and local public safety agencies. Should channel availability drop below what is contracted, we will add additional channels to the system at no cost to the city or county.

Stay on the Cutting Edge

Your job is to protect the public. Ours is to help you do so with reliable, secure communications performing at their peak. That’s why we continually upgrade PASTARNet on a contracted basis, giving you an edge as enhancements are implemented.

Maintain Independence

Count on Motorola for the highest level of control and autonomy in system management. You and you alone can modify your agency’s IDs. Any other agency is unauthorized to do so.

Increase Confidence, Increase Redundancy

If a site should happen to stop working, you don’t have to. With many other sites outside your city or county, you have a solid backup plan.

PASTARNet Guarantees Coverage, Performance, Reliability And Support

The benefits of joining PASTARNet are many. Our shared network approach relieves you of the hassles and expense of purchasing, deploying, maintaining and operating your own communications system. Your community is able to focus less on the technology itself and more on using it to deliver the high quality service your constituents deserve.

Turnkey Solution

Motorola leverages our more than 80 years of wireless technology leadership and innovation—and our long-standing partnerships with mission-critical agencies—to deliver a complete turnkey solution. PASTARNet membership provides high-level service guarantees that include statewide coverage, system reliability, continuous availability, regularly upgraded equipment, network and technology maintenance and support.

What are the Benefits?


PASTARNet is a certified P25 Standard Compliant system. It can connect with other P25 compliant systems, radios, and dispatch consoles. This makes it easier for you to support radios and equipment from other agencies, regardless of manufacturer, for mutual aid and joint operations.

P25 Trunking

PASTARNet enables standard and fully redundant configurations of P25 trunked communication systems. The system offers increased system resiliency to enable continued communications should a network outage occur.



Through the P25 TDMA standards PASTARNet enhances the functionality of P25 standards and do not replace existing standards. TDMA operation increases voice capacity with the same number of channels and channels can be available for Data functionality such as OTAR and location Services.

Radio Authentication

Radio Authentication

PASTARNet is a certified P25 Standard Compliant system. It can connect with other P25 compliant systems, radios, and dispatch consoles. This makes it easier for you to support radios and equipment from other agencies, regardless of manufacturer, for mutual aid and joint operations.

AES Encryption

AES Encryption

PASTARNet is designed to provide the communications privacy and security capabilities needed by public safety agencies through the use of enhanced encryption technologies.

OTAR with Multi-Key

OTAR with Multi-Key

Solves the logistical problem of maintaining secure wireless communications and eliminates the burden of manually rekeying your radios on a regular basis. Project 25 compliant OTAR is part of the PASTARNet system designed for radio and network management that enables key distribution and key management to be conducted securely over-the-air.



Radio Management batch programming of APX radios via OTAP on the PASTARNet system, which has voice priority over data, so a user’s call, emergency notifications or critical communications will not be interrupted with OTAP. Should an OTAP session be interrupted with communications, programming will resume after the call without the need to restart, expediting the process.

Group Services

Group Services

Group Services leverage the inherent talkgroup service of LMR to make it available for sending data. This enables the transmission of data over the PASTARNet systems, from one-to-many users. This is a much more efficient method to disseminate information to a large group.

Enhanced Data

Enhanced Data

Your mission critical operations depend on reliable voice PTT communications all the time, everywhere you operate. You can depend on PASTARNet data the same as you already trust your P25 PTT service for:

  • • Resiliency Against Service Disruptions
  • • Coverage Everywhere You Need It
  • • Security

Remain At The Forefront Of Safety Technology

Motorola Solutions does not stop innovating to equip your first responders with the latest in safety technology to help them protect themselves and those they serve. Here, you will find every connecting element you need to ensure seamless interoperability: mission critical mobile and portable radios, dispatch equipment, Command Center Software, Video Surveillance and Analytics, the unified platform that provides a single, real-time operational view. These products are available on PASTARNet. For additional information, please contact your Motorola Solutions sales representative.

Mobile Radios

APX 1500 Single-Band P25 Mobile Radio

Durable and compact with quality P25 features in an easy to use design, the APX 1500 is ideal for local government and public works users that require a budget friendly P25 Phase 2 solution.

APX 4500 P25 Mobile Radio

Compact, easy-to-install dash mount design with basic features. Ideal for agencies requiring a budget-friendly P25 mobile solution.

APX™ 8500 All-band P25 Mobile Radio

Achieve unlimited interoperability, secure WiFi connectivity and purpose-built design to enable ease of installation and removal with the APX 8500.

Portable Radios

APX 900 Single-Band P25 Portable Radio

Focused on efficiency, with quality P25 features in an easy to-use-design, the APX 900 is ideal for government services and public works organizations who need a great value P25 radio.

APX™ 4000 P25 Portable Radio

Durable and compact with key features in an easy to use design, the APX 4000 is ideal for agencies requiring a budget friendly P25 Phase 2 solution.

APX™ 8000 All-Band P25 Portable Radio

Achieve unlimited mobility with the APX 8000’s all-band access, the clearest audio and seamless Wi-Fi connectivity.

Mobile & Portable Radio Accessories

Extend the power and reliability of your APX radios with the only accessories tested and certified for use with APX radios.

NG9-1-1 Call Handling

CallWorks CallWorks moves beyond Next Generation! It offers the first and only natively integrated, browser-based, dispatch-centric technology in the industry. Our native i3-compatible platform manages the receipt of emergency calls and allows a dispatcher to seamlessly send the right responder to the right location at the right time with a simpler, easier-to-use workflow and user interface designed to work the way you do... today.

VESTA® Next Portfolio

A comprehensive suite of NG9-1-1 solutions offered As-A-Service. Today, the portfolio delivers routing, location information, security, ESInet and state-of-the-art network monitoring. It will continue to evolve to meet your needs with advances in NG9-1-1 technology.