A really successful APCO 2016 last week in Orlando FL. We showed lots of great technology to help First Responder communications, met more great people in the public safety space, great meetings, and lots of follow up from interested organizations.
Here are some pictures of the booth and a little flavor of this trade show.
Today at the APCO Show in Florida we announced that we have a patent pending for our invention of a system to allow an Incident Commander to coordinate personnel from disparate units that are using incompatible and different communication devices.
Our patent application describes an innovative process for combining field deployable dispatch and control of radio systems with various control capabilities of radio communications protocols. We believe that this innovative intellectual property will combine the benefits Catalyst technology with standards based radio communications protocols in a way that will uniquely improve communications between First Responders during an Incident.
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.
Described as a first for public safety radio technology, Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. will demonstrate routing the Unit ID from legacy and current subscriber radios to the P25 subscriber unit’s display. This innovation leverages the messaging capabilities of the P25 Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) standard to deliver Unit ID information to a device manufactured by RELM Wireless Corporation, and then on to P25 subscriber radios using the P25 Common Air Interface (CAI) Standard. This is the first time legacy radio Unit ID’s have been available to P25 subscriber radios without expensive, limiting infrastructure.
Routing Unit ID’s between different manufacturers and different frequencies is an important capability for public safety P25 users and a technology breakthrough. During public safety incidents involving multiple organizations on different radio systems, including multiple P25 frequency bands, or in direct mode, it is often critical that first responders know exactly who is speaking over the radio. Similarly, when an organization is transitioning from a legacy radio system to P25, first responders need to know to whom they are talking. The transmission of Unit ID’s enables a new level of communications capabilities previously unavailable to First Responders and others requiring critical communications.
The technology development accomplished by Catalyst is an innovation breakthrough, as it is radio manufacturer agnostic and infrastructure independent. The technology allows for the capture of the Unit ID of legacy radios from a broad range of manufacturers using signaling like SmartNet, EDACS, LTR, and MDC 1200, as well as more recent protocols like DMR, NXDN, and P25, across various frequency bands, and routes them all the way to the display of portable and mobile P25 radios in VHF, UHF, and 800 MHz, regardless of the P25 manufacturer.
The demonstration at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 82nd Annual meeting will take place in Catalyst Booth #1063 throughout the day on August 14 & 15 at the Orlando Convention Center.
And, we’ve issued a Press Release on this important technology. You can read the Press Release on our web site here.