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.

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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:

  • A single Dispatch Console can dispatch to both LMR radios and LTE cell phones, display essential information like Unit ID/Alias, and manage them consistently so dispatchers don’t have to use different procedures for each.
  • Robust, flexible interoperable communications can be established between LMR portable radios and PTT enabled mobile phones that manage the audio flow so that syllables are not lost and allow dispatchers to remotely adjust patched LMR channel.
  • Voice Communications and radio control can pass through multiple interconnected networks, including LMR over the air (P25, legacy, etc.), wide area network backhaul, the LTE cellular backhaul and the LTE cellular over the air network.

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:

  • An advanced hardened computer platform for both console and radio gateway applications is on display. This computer includes solid state memory and a heat dissipation is accomplished through the case. As a result, there are no moving parts, providing high reliability and longevity.
  • Another computer platform that will garner interest from APCO attendees is Catalyst’s application for the innovative Intel® Compute Stick. This computer fits in the palm of your hand and is appropriate where space is a premium. The quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor delivers max performance but uses minimum power—making the Intel® Compute Stick both space and energy efficient. Catalyst is demonstrating the Compute Stick with its deployable LMR to LTE unit.
  • Catalyst is demonstrating their transportable line of Incident Command and advanced digital repeater solutions – FIRE™ and ICE™. These two products leverage 20 years of software development to solve unique field challenges of first responders with innovative packaging solutions. These products package two to four radios, a simple dispatch console, interoperability, instant call retrieval and recorded audio into a compact, transportable enclosure. Applications for Fire incident command are especially targeted, as these units can be quickly deployed at an incident and provide radio communications and interoperability among multiple agencies on scene. As mentioned above, our FIRE demonstration will include RELM/BK Technology radio.

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.

Catalyst Communications Technologies Announces New Website Launch

FROM THE NEWSROOM ….

 

The new completely redesigned website offers visitors richer insight into the Company’s value proposition and critical communications solutions  

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Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of IP-based Dispatch and Interoperability solutions for Critical Communications, today announced the launch of its newly revamped website.  This redesigned site offers quick and easy access to essential information and capabilities while offering a more comprehensive understanding of the Company’s value proposition and overall client benefits.  The website also offers updated information on news and press releases, client testimonials, management biographies, and career opportunities.  With its recently revamped blog, the combination of website and blog offers a comprehensive review of issues, solutions, technology, key industry highlights and current thinking in the critical communications / first responder field.

The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced content focused on the Company’s mission to provide cost effective dispatch and interoperability solutions through the application of technology to first responder communications challenges. The new website was live yesterday, July 18, 2017 and is located at the same address: http://www.catcomtec.com.

“We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for customers, partners and media to better understand Catalyst’s technology and the solutions we provide to the critical communications marketplace,” said Robin Grier, president of Catalyst.” We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence.”

“Catalyst’s solutions provide significant technology and operational benefits to our clients.  With the increasing complexity of situations and financial constraints that first responders must manage, the incorporation of new technologies, the emerging use of LTE and progress of FirstNet™, our team of professionals are able to provide easy to understand solutions that contribute significant benefits for our clients.  Our ability to provide cost effective solutions, coupled with our in-house staff of radio communications and networking experts, allow our customers to implement projects that have clear value propositions and long-term sustainability.” added Mr. Grier.

Catalyst’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of product launches, business activity, corporate milestones, events, and press releases.  Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the Company at http://www.catcomtec.com.

 

IWCE Summary Videos

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Catalyst had a very successful IWCE with new announcements for both hardware and software innovations. During the show, we made a video highlighting what was shown at our booth. If you were not at IWCE, it’s a great way to quickly catch up on what’s new in our world.

We made two versions of our video. The best one is 9 minutes long and it’s a comprehensive overview of what we showed at IWCE. Check it out HERE. For the ADD challenged among us 🙂 the four and a half minute version is HERE.

Enjoy!

Hardware and Packaging Innovations are a highlight of our IWCE Show

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

  • An advanced hardened computer platform for both console and radio gateway applications is being demonstrated. This small form factor uses solid-state memory only and dissipates heat through the case. As a result, there are no moving parts, providing high reliability and longevity.

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  • Another computer platform that will garner interest from IWCE attendees is Catalyst’s application for the innovative Intel® Compute Stick. This computer fits in the palm of your hand and is appropriate where space or weight is at a premium. The quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor delivers maximum performance but uses minimum power—making the Intel® Compute Stick also energy efficient. Catalyst is demonstrating the Compute Stick plugged directly into an HDMI port on an HD TV for display of our IntelliLinkTM user interface.

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  • A third computer platform integrates a touchscreen monitor, state-of-the-art CPU, and speakers into a space efficient, package for dispatch centers and mobile command vehicles. In addition, this “all in one” configuration eliminates interruptions from accidental disconnects and simplifies maintenance.

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  • Catalyst is demonstrating its new transportable line of Incident Command and advanced digital repeater solutions – FIRE™ and ICE™. These two products leverage over 20 years of software development to solve unique field challenges of first responders using innovative packaging solutions. These packages support up to four radios, a simple dispatch console, interoperability, instant call retrieval and recorded audio into a compact, transportable enclosure. Applications for Fire incident command are especially targeted, as these units can be quickly deployed at an incident and provide radio communications and interoperability among multiple agencies on scene.

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If you’re coming to IWCE, be sure to stop by Booth 1445 and check out these unique innovations in Hardware solutions from Catalyst!

IWCE Preview – Highlights of our upcoming announcements and demonstrations

This week we’ll provide a preview of some of our Innovations Everywhere announcements and demonstrations at next week’s IWCE Trade Show in Las Vegas. We hope to see you there!

We’ll be talking a lot about Digital Mobile Radio –DMR. Catalyst has made significant progress since last year’s IWCE and an example of this is our partnership efforts with Simoco and our joint collaboration perfecting the Applications Interface Specification (AIS) Wireline Interface. In the Simoco Booth (#1646 – across the aisle from Catalyst) our Propulsion™ Console is featured with a Simoco radio infrastructure.  Using the AIS wireline interface Catalyst provides Critical Communications grade dispatch including console pre-empt, non-blocking access to multiple simultaneous, independently managed talk groups, and spectrum efficiency.

This approach is superior to using control stations as it allows the system administrator to uniquely enable talk group access to each dispatcher and for each dispatcher to uniquely and dynamically manage volume levels, patches, call history, etc. for each talk group.  In wide-area systems, calls to remotely located subscribers avoid consuming the local channels that control station-based consoles require, saving this spectrum for other subscribers.  The Catalyst-Simoco wireline interface also supports Individual Calls, Text Messages, Emergency messages, and other advanced capabilities.

 

Catalyst is also highlighting the AIS Wireline interface with Tait’s Tier III DMR system and is prepared to discuss capabilities and integration efforts with other manufacturers that adhere to the DMR Standard.

To serve additional agencies, Catalyst is demonstrating advanced capabilities for Tier II (conventional) DMR through our integration with the Kenwood 5000 series of multi-function mobile radios. These tri- protocol radios support combinations of DMR, P25 and NXDN network technologies.

If you are coming to IWCE to learn more about DMR technologies and products, be sure to check out the Tuesday morning DMR Workshop. This seminar presents a combination of technology papers and DMR deployment case studies and is moderated by Catalyst’s Robin Grier.

Next up …. Hardware and packaging innovations.

New computer alternatives are part of our IWCE Showcase

Innovation Everywhere will be a major theme for Catalyst at this years IWCE trade show March 27-31 in Las Vegas. And while our software capabilities match anyone’s in Land Mobile Radio, this year we get to flex our hardware innovation also.

Our architecture in unique in the industry, as we use commercial, off the shelf computers for our Consoles and our Radio Interface gateways.   as a result, we take advantage of advances from this $344 BILLION industry. Check out our newest platform for both servers and consoles – a compact, solid state computer with no moving parts and only 1.4 in x 6.3 in x 4.3 in.

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These computers are part of a new generation of robust, hardened, field tested solutions for demanding environments, however the prices make them attractive for everyday use. Catalyst installed 16 of these last year for our customer Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of the Burning Man Festival.

Another packaging innovation we’re excited about is from Intel.

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As you can see from the picture, this is a tiny device. The Intel compute stick is a fully baked Windows (r) computer with an advanced processor and storage. Just plug in the Intel compute stick into HDMI TV or monitor, connect your wireless keyboard and mouse and you’re ready to go.It’s not like a computer. It is a computer. Same operating system, same high quality graphics, and same wireless connectivity as a full-sized computer. Totally different dimensions.

We’re testing this in our LMR Lab and seeing impressive results, and expect to demonstrate dispatch and interoperability applications on the IWCE Show Floor. Come visit us and check out these new innovations!