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Innovation Everywhere from Catalyst at APCO

LMR –LTE Interoperability highlight technology on display for Public Safety Radio Communications

With the announcement of FirstNet™, the nation’s effort to establish a unified network for First Responders using LTE at the network core, attendees at this year’s APCO Conference can expect innovative applications around LTE technology. The immediate concern is how existing Land Mobile Radio users will migrate gracefully voice communications to LTE and FirstNet™, and how existing LMR users will interoperate with new LTE FirstNet™ users. Catalyst Communications Technologies has the answer to both of these pressing questions and will demonstrate Dispatch to both LMR radios and LTE Push to Talk cell phones, and interoperable communications between these radios and cell phones, at booth 1308 during this year’s Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Conference. This breakthrough demonstration is one of many examples of innovations representing advances in technology that improve land mobile radio communications of interest to this year’s APCO attendees.

FirstNet™ Ready – the LMR /LTE Interoperable Communications Demonstration

A breakthrough innovation from Catalyst, we will demonstrate communications between LMR portable radios and mobile phones that are PTT enabled and integrated with a nationwide LTE network.

The significance of this demonstration is that, in a FirstNet™ environment the nationwide LTE Network can be easily replaced with FirstNet™’s nationwide network. The promise of FirstNet™ can be experienced today!

The demonstration will showcase a number of technology breakthroughs:

The promise of FirstNet™ to expand coverage can be realized today as FirstNet™ can perform the role of backhaul. Remote locations that do not have LMR radio coverage can now be included in first responder networks because the coverage footprint of LTE is so much greater than any agency’s LMR.

BK Technologies Enabled FIRE™ – Catalyst’s Incident Command solution with RELM / BK Technology Radios

Another innovation from Catalyst, Field Incident/Repeater Element (FIRE™) is a portable radio communications solution that packages two radios, Radio Control Software, Dispatch Software and Interoperability Software into a single unit. Designed for incident command applications where local dispatch and interoperability to multiple first responder organizations is required, the inclusion of multiple multi-protocol radios insures that most first responders to an incident can be included in the communications path, regardless of protocol or frequency.

Catalyst will demonstrate this application with a RELM / BK Technology KNG mobile radio. The importance of this demonstration is that, because of the advanced control of this radio through Catalyst technology, the Unit ID from a wide variety of subscriber radios (Project 25, SmartNet, EDACS, DMR, etc.) can be passed to the P25 subscriber radio. Especially for high stress incidents such as fire, knowing the unit ID, and from that the alias name, first responders know to whom they are communicating with and communications is improved.

 Innovations in Hardware Platforms – Leveraging advances in COTS Computer design

Catalyst is demonstrating innovation in Hardware Platforms also. As customer deployments occur in more diverse environments, forward thinking companies, including Catalyst, innovate to employ leading advances in the computer and network industries to enhance operation in land mobile radio. At least 3 demonstrations of hardware innovations merit investigation at the Catalyst booth:

The demonstrations at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers (APCO) Convention will take place in Catalyst Booth #1308 throughout the days of August 14 & 15 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Catalyst personnel will demonstrate Innovation Everywhere including FistNet™ Ready LMR to LTE communications, Dispatch Console solutions, Radio Interface technology, RELM/BK Technology radio capabilities, and new Hardware and Packaging innovations and discuss critical communications solutions specific to visitor applications.