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Bridging the interoperability gap (PART 1)

Posted by Base Camp Connect on May 30, 2019

Originally published by Adam Stone in C4iSR magasine and underwritten by REDCOM

Advances in technology are helping to break down the barriers to telecommunications interoperability that have long stymied military planners. These advances greatly improve military communications capabilities, providing unprecedented situational awareness, better security and broader options for virtually every communications scenario.

While today’s military boasts a range of telecommunications technologies, compatibility issues can arise. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), time-division multiplexing (TDM), satellite communications, cellular, tactical radios, SCIP cryptographic devices, Wi-Fi and WiMAX: All are useful, but they don’t always play well together. This can have harmful tactical consequences. In a battlefield scenario, for example, it is unacceptable for the front line to lose contact with the command center.

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Topics: multi-agency communciations, radio interoperability, Radio interoperability gateway, interoperability issues, radio function, Military

Emergency Button Fail on New Radio System

Posted by Dakota Duncan on April 3, 2018

In my last article titled “Problems on the Front lines with P25 Upgrades”, I mentioned my hometown in rural Indiana was experiencing multiple failures of the P25 radio systems during life-and-death situations. Unfortunately, the problems continue to plague the safety of public safety professionals in the county. Last week, during a court case, a man physically assaulted the sister and mother of recently slain Sherriff deputy Carl Koontz. When court deputies pressed their red “emergency buttons” on the 800mzh radios, nobody was notified on the other end and additional aid was delayed to the officers, attorneys, and good Samaritans that were attempting to pull the man off the women.

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Topics: mayday, p25 upgrade, radio function

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