Catalyst teams with EF Johnson to offer a killer deal on a Radio + Console Package

Time Sensitive offer ends March 16, 2018 – ACT NOW!

We have long been fans of EF Johnson and their excellent mobile radios. In addition to customers choosing EF Johnson – centric networks, their ability to work on Motorola Smartnet(tm) and Smartzone(tm) networks provided Catalyst Dispatch users advanced display control of Emergency and Unit ID on those networks.

These ES radios have reached their end of life, and EF Johnson has partnered with Catalyst to offer a sweet deal – a highly discounted radio system including Catalyst Dispatch Consoles, Catalyst IPJ Gateways, and EF Johnson ES 5300 mobile radios.

This program is only available until March 16, 2018, so contact us today! We’ll highly discount Catalyst Propulsion(tm) and Desktop Dispatch(tm) Consoles and pair them up with discounted IPJ Gateways and EF Johnson radios to offer a complete radio system at an unbelievable price. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to aquire a modern digital Radio over IP system at a fraction of the standard price.

EFJohnson Deal

InterLoc(tm) Location Services – New Location Services solution integrated into Catalyst Dispatch, and capturing GPS Location from standards based LMR Radios

At the International Wireless Communications Exposition in Orlando FL this week, a new location services solution that derives location data from Standards based Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems is unveiled. InterLoc™ from Catalyst Communications Technologies, obtains location and other meta data from standards based LMR networks, providing location and personal identification information from portable and mobile radios. What’s especially unique is that InterLoc™ is not an AVL (automatic vehicle location) service – it’s a Personal Location Service. By capturing this information from standards based LMR systems, a dispatcher can track the location of an individual even when they are outside a vehicle.

InterLoc™ – Personal Location Services from Standards Based LMR Systems

Many Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems rely on proprietary devices that are mounted in a vehicle and use commercial cellular networks to retrieve location. The InterLoc™ system from Catalyst is also unique because it does not use expensive map licensing or cellular data charges, making the system very cost effective compared to typical AVL solutions. InterLoc™ is intimately tied to Catalyst’s Dispatch and Interoperability solutions, and Dispatchers can initiate text and voice communications directly from the map. Maps can display subscriber status (such as Emergency, Unit ID, Talk Group, etc.) and Dispatchers can center the map on any resource with the click of a mouse. Multiple maps, and multiple types of maps, can be simultaneously displayed, and a robust map toolkit helps Dispatchers customize maps to help manage their unique and immediate needs.

The user interface of InterLoc™ is intuitive and integrated into Catalyst’s IP|Console™ and Propulsion™ Dispatch solutions. When a radio user declares an emergency, the icon of the radio that declared the Emergency turns red and stays red until the Emergency is acknowledged by one of the Consoles. The Dispatcher can select an individual or group and initiate a text message or voice call from the map screen.

The map interface is infinitely flexible. Multiple maps, and multiple map types, may be inserted anywhere within the Catalyst console user interface including behind a tab or on a separate monitor and can be any size, including full screen. The Dispatcher can simultaneously view the big picture and zoom in to see precise movements. The system administrator can customize maps, adding buildings, towers, and other assets, and can temporarily add “push pins” to indicate fixed, event-based locations.  No internet connection is required for map services, and maps can be downloaded and cache- saved.

A Subscriber List view augments the map, showing radio users that are communicating and locatable on the map. Clicking on a user in the Subscriber List centers the map on the subscriber. This list can be sorted in various ways to aid the Dispatcher while communicating with subscribers through the map or through the console.

InterLoc™ is available from Catalyst today for integration with radio systems using DMR Tier III and Simoco radios, or DMR Tier II or NXDN using Kenwood radios. Other Standard based radios and radio systems will be included in the InterLoc™ product suite.


Catalyst Awarded Patent to enhance Incident Command Operations for Critical Radio Communications

New Methods permit previously incompatible communications devices to interoperate under the control of an Incident Commander


Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of IP-based Dispatch and Interoperability solutions for Critical Communications, today announced that it has been awarded patent 9,848,311 for its invention of a system to allow an Incident Commander to coordinate personnel from disparate units that are using incompatible and different communication devices.

The company’s patent describes an innovative process for combining field deployable dispatch and control of radio systems with various control capabilities of radio communications protocols. Management believes that this innovative intellectual property will combine the benefits of Catalyst technology with standards based radio communications protocols in a way that will uniquely improve communications between First Responders during an Incident.

“Radio communications during Incidents is complex because many different First Responders are often involved, and each bring their own radio. Catalyst has a proven track record of developing innovative technology to meet the needs of First Responders and the complex environments under which they serve.” stated Robin Grier, president of Catalyst. “By continuing to invest in technology development that helps First Responders, we believe we can help save lives.”

The technology is particularly powerful as it includes innovative methods for determining when a target communications device is idle or busy and, if busy, managing the audio to prevent the loss of syllables. The technology is currently deployed in Catalyst products ICE™, FIRE™, and FIRE-BK™, solutions for Incident Command and advanced digital vehicle repeater applications. Patent drawings in support of the invention mirror the architecture of these three Catalyst solutions.

Patent Drawing

Catalyst President Robin Grier to Speak at 2018 IWCE


Robin Grier has been invited to speak at next year’s IWCE Convention. IWCE is the authoritative event for education, networking and collaboration in the communications technology marketplace.
Robin will be joined on a panel discussing
Broadband Applications: What Can They Do for Your organization?
He’ll be sharing his knowledge and insights with other panelists including Morne Stamrood from Tait Communications, Tom Guthrie from Motorola, Denis Coulon from APPI-Technology, Mike Ridge from Avtec, Kofi Appiah from Harris and Bill Moore from Zello.

Broadband Applications represent a new frontier for critical communications. Data – centric applications have limited capabilities when constrained by the data bandwith of current public safety radio spectrum – typically 9.6 or 19.2 kbps. As LTE and LTE provisioned FirstNet(tm) networks become more pervasive, the data bandwidth of these networks – 300 to 500 Mbps – will enable many new applications that help First Responders.

IWCE 2018 takes place March 5-9, 2018 in the North Concourse at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida.

Catalyst Communications Technologies in Hawaii

15+ Years supporting First Responders on O’ahu 


What do you think of when you think of Hawaii? Perfect weather, tropical beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, surfing. When Catalyst thinks about Hawaii, at the top of our minds is our longterm collaboration and support of public safety communications for the city of Honolulu and the surrounding communities on the island of O’ahu.

In 2001, Catalyst first installed an innovative new radio voice dispatch system provide backup communications for the multisite 800 MHz Push-to-Talk network used by the Honolulu Police Department. The island’s mountainous terrain requires 16 radio towers and the back-up system needs to independently reach each of these geographic regions. The system routes voice messages from patrol cars across the City’s existing computer network using a technology that Catalyst pioneered called Radio over IP.

The Honolulu-Catalyst partnership produces continued innovation each year, adding new capabilities and streamlining the dispatch operation. In 2005, we added a similar system for the Honolulu Fire Department. Between these two organizations there are thirty-five consoles supporting five thousand subscriber radios making more than a million PTTs per month.

Catalyst and Honolulu Police and Fire have shared many events during our long history together. The city frequently hosts high profile conferences with world leaders and demonstrating robust public safety communications is critical. In other cities, protesters have disrupted these conferences and Honolulu took the necessary steps to deter and manage these groups, during the Asian Development Bank meeting in 2001, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in 2001, and the World Conservation Congress in 2016. In 2006, all Honolulu Police radio voice communications were routed over the Catalyst system during the earthquakes and subsequent aftermath. Two earthquakes, magnitudes 6.6 and 5.8, hit the state of Hawaii Oct. 15, causing landslides and structural damage to buildings and bridges. More recently, 911 and police dispatch services were relocated to HPD’s alternate communications center across the island so that renovations would not disrupt operations. Hurricane force winds, salt air, fires, and the finite life of radio electronics interrupt communications to some portion of O’ahu several times each year and public safety dispatchers are able to instantly restore the connection with field personnel using Catalyst’s IP Console.

Catalyst is proud to serve this longstanding partner and help them provide first responder services to O’ahu residents.

High Five on the Twenty for Catalyst Communications Technologies



October 25, 2017  FOREST VA – Catalyst Communications Technologies, a leading provider of Radio over IP technology for mission critical communications, celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month.  In an era when communications companies come and go, Catalyst, a Virginia based business, has continued to innovate, grow and thrive.

Over the past two decades, Catalyst has been responsible for introducing many of the innovations that presently drive first responder and mission critical radio communications. Catalyst deployed the first Radio over IP communications system in 1997, and since then has led the effort to provide advanced radio control over IP capabilities, including standards based control of P25, DMR and legacy radio systems, and proprietary control of many of today’s leading radio manufacturers including Harris, BK Technologies, Tait, Motorola, and Kenwood radios. Recently, Catalyst has introduced new products including IntelliLink™ Gateway, Incident Commander Element (ICE™), and Field Incident/Repeater Element (FIRE™), products that leverage Catalyst’s significant strengths in Dispatch, Interoperability, and Radio Control.

Catalyst Founder and President, Robin Grier, reflected on the company’s 20th anniversary saying, “We are grateful for our customers and alliance partners who made this milestone possible.  Thank you to all the truly extraordinary and visionary leaders with whom we’ve worked.  Our greatest reward has been their success, knowing that together, we are saving lives.”  What lies ahead?  “The critical communications marketplace will undergo even greater transition and disruption over the next 5-10 years, as FirstNet™ and competing LTE network infrastructure impacts public safety communications. We have positioned Catalyst to be a major contributor to this emerging environment, as our computer-based technology will simplify applications development for these new networks. I couldn’t be more excited about Catalyst growth and the contributions we can make to improving mission critical communications.”

Catalyst’s flagship products include:

IP|Console™ – Dispatch for P25 and large systems
Propulsion™  – Dispatch for DMR and small to medium sized systems
Desktop Dispatch™ – Dispatch for monitoring and lite PC applications
IntelliLink™ Gateway – interoperability solution to bridge disparate radio networks
Incident Commander Element (ICE™) – Portable / transportable Incident Command and Digital Vehicular Repeater for Harris radio networks
Field Incident / Repeater Element (FIRE™) – Portable / transportable Incident Command and Digital Vehicular Repeater for a wide variety of radio networks


ICE - Best

FIRE(tm) is a deployable incident command solution that can provide radio voice communications across several frequency bands for DMR, Project 25, MDC 1200, LTR, NexEdge, LTE and other radio protocols, while providing enhanced graphics and Dispatch command and control to the user. This rugged, compact, and efficient solution offers essential information for fire ground, emergency medical, special rescues, utility restoration and other critical communications incidents. A single hardened laptop integrated with up to four mobile radios delivers commander control with an easy to use GUI. FIRE(tm) can operate in a stand-alone mode or be linked back to the agency’s primary radio system.

When the mission requires operation in talk-around mode, it can be difficult to coordinate activities without the benefit of the main dispatch center. FIRE(tm) allows the Incident Commander to monitor voice communications from these local radios across the primary frequency bands using one integrated tool. Commanders will see a call log of every call placed including Unit ID, a time stamp and Emergency messages (depending on the radio). The audio is recorded and may be replayed on-scene or can be easily transferred to other tools for post processing.

Agencies can link back to their primary radio system via either RF (by patching two of the FIRE(tm) mobile radios together) or via an IP connection. “With FIRE(tm) each person can continue to use their own agency-specific radio and let FIRE(tm) provide the means for local interoperability and dispatch,” said Robin Grier, President of Catalyst. “FIRE(tm) makes it easier than ever for the commander to stay in charge, record and replay messages, and connect back to the main system as needed.”

In addition to multi-band radios that offer frequency flexibility, FIRE(tm) can connect single band mobile radios from many different manufacturers for SmartNet(tm), DMR, P25 and other communications systems.

Next Up: Using FIRE(tm) as an advanced Digital Vehicular Repeater.