Catalyst at IWCE – What to Expect

InterLoc™ Location Services First Demonstration at IWCE Orlando Booth 1046

A new location services solution that derives location data from Standards based Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems will be unveiled at IWCE 2018 from Catalyst Communications Technologies. InterLoc™ 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. InterLoc™ highlights a robust collection of demonstrations and capabilities from one of the leading technology innovators in the critical communications industry.

InterLoc™ – Personal Location Services from Standards Based LMR Systems

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) 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 critical communications tasks.

IPC Lite

Also at IWCE: FirstNet™ Ready – LMR /LTE Interoperable Communications

With the announcement that all 50 States have opted into FirstNet™, the nation’s effort to establish a unified network for First Responders using LTE at the network core, attendees at this year’s International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Conference can expect innovative applications around LTE technology. The immediate concerns are how existing Land Mobile Radio users will gracefully migrate 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 these pressing questions. Catalyst 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 promised benefits of FirstNet™ can be experienced today!

This demonstration will showcase several 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 that 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, as well as allowing dispatchers to remotely adjust the patched LMR channel.
  • Voice Communications and radio control can pass through multiple interconnected networks, including LMR over the air (P25, legacy, etc.), a wide area network backhaul, the LTE data cellular backhaul, and the LTE PTT cellular over the air network.

The potential of FirstNet™ to expand coverage can be realized today using LTE as the network 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.

Firstnet diagram

Also at IWCE: FIRE-BK™ – Catalyst’s Incident Command solution with BK Technologies Radios

Another Catalyst demonstration is Field Incident/Repeater Element – BK Technologies (FIRE-BK™), 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 are required, the inclusion of multiple radios with different frequencies allows additional first responders supporting an incident to be included in the communications path. Catalyst will demonstrate this application with BK Technologies KNG mobile radios.

Fire BK

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, it is vital that they see the unit ID and the associated alias so that first responders know with whom they are communicating.

The demonstrations at the IWCE Convention will take place in Catalyst Booth #1046 throughout the days of March 7 & 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Catalyst personnel will demonstrate their technical innovations including InterLoc™ location services, FirstNet™ Ready LMR to LTE communications, Dispatch Console solutions, Radio Interface technology, and BK Technologies radio capabilities, and discuss critical communications solutions specific to visitor applications.

 

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

Grier

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 

Honolulu

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.