BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium Satellite and Raytheon's JPS Communications announce a joint marketing initiative to provide first responders a fully interoperable communications service for use in disasters. The two companies are making Iridium voice and data communications services available to customers packaged with the JPS ACU(R) Interoperability Technology.
"Hurricane Katrina last year really brought to light the problem first responders -- from the federal to local levels -- had during evacuations, search and rescue, and cleanup," said Greg Ewert, executive vice president, Iridium Satellite. "Essentially, they couldn't talk to each other. There were two issues -- they were relying on land, cell and radio-based communications, yet towers went down and flooding severely hampered infrastructure. Second, if their systems did happen to be operational, they couldn't 'talk' with other systems because there was no interoperability component connecting them. It was a total breakdown."
The Iridium/Raytheon collaborative effort gives customers of both companies access to Iridium mobile satellite voice and data communications services packaged with the JPS ACU product line including: the ACU-1000(TM), ACU-T(TM) and ACU-M(TM). The ACU-1000 can interconnect up to 24 communications devices at a time, including those based on satellite communications, radio, cellular or land-based networks. Coupled with JPS Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP)/Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products, the ACU can be networked to provide multiple nodes for larger applications and for wide area interoperability systems (WAIS(TM)).
"The ACU family of products can 'plug-and-play' with Iridium phones and Iridium-based systems, as well as all other first responder communications devices. First responders can now use Iridium and the ACU to keep connected no matter how badly affected the surrounding area or telecommunications infrastructure," said Lee Martin, director of Department of Defense and federal sales, JPS Communications.
The ACU family of products can simultaneously cross-connect different radio networks, connect radio networks to satellite communications and telephone systems, or network RoIP/VoIP talkpaths. An operator can use the HSP-2A module of the ACU device to monitor or establish an interconnection with any (or all) of the connected communications systems. It provides voice prompts to assist system users and includes a software graphical user interface (GUI) that is fully touch screen compatible. The ACU platform is completely scalable and field configurable to meet customer and application needs. It provides three different methods of operation for system redundancy and is neither computer- nor network-dependent to operate.
Iridium Satellite offers a package of voice and data mobile satellite communications solutions ideal for first responders in emergencies because it operates even when all other sources of communications fail. The Iridium package, in addition to ACU technology, can include:
* The Iridium 9505A satellite phone * The Iridium 9522A voice and data transceiver * The Iridium 9601 data transceiver * A multi-channel fixed service with a variety of fixed antenna options for in- and out-of-building use * Vehicular mount and docking stations * Solar chargers
In addition, Iridium provides services customized to meet user needs including consulting, training and customer service.
As witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Iridium/Raytheon solution is an integral tool in all stages of emergency response:
* disaster warning * evacuation * first response * search and rescue * disaster assessment * reinforcements * cleanup * rebuilding * future disaster preparedness
For more information about services available through the Iridium/Raytheon partnership, please contact Iridium Satellite toll free at 1-888-947-4348 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Raytheon at 919-790-1011 or at email@example.com.
JPS Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, designs, manufactures and sells electronic hardware and software products that enhance the effectiveness of communications systems. The company offers unsurpassed local, regional, state and wide-area interoperability by directly connecting or networking any of the following devices: HF, UHF, VHF, 800 MHz and P25 radios along with iDEN phones, satellite communication, cellular, WiFi and digital landline telephones.
Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.
About Iridium Satellite
Iridium Satellite LLC (http://www.iridium.com) is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. The Iridium constellation consists of 66 low- earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites and has multiple in-orbit spares. The constellation operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world. The Iridium service is ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities. Iridium provides service to the U.S. Department of Defense. The company also designs, builds and sells its services, products and solutions through a worldwide network of more than 100 partners.
Source: Iridium Satellite LLC
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