BearCom is planning to deploy a temporary MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus system to cover venues used during the upcoming presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. The network will connect to a wide-area MOTOTRBO Connect Plus network used for transportation.New Program Focuses on Wearable Technology for First Responders
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The Presidential Inauguration Committee contracted BearCom for the network, which includes seven locations and more than 1,700 two-way radios and smartphones with push-to-talk (PTT) apps. The primary coverage area is on the mall from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and to the White House, following the parade route, which runs from the Capitol to the White House.
“The majority of sites are in hotel properties where they are having various balls, parties and functions,” said Brent Bisnar, BearCom executive vice president.
Employees of Hargrove, a special events company, are the main users of the system, which will begin to be set up Jan. 11 and be taken down Jan. 21 after the inauguration Jan. 20 and other events that week. Bus and limousine drivers use the Connect Plus network, and legal, administration, security, swearing-in and other groups will use the Linked Capacity Plus system.
The BearCom event vehicle, a 26-foot box truck outfitted with racks, air conditioning, generators, backup batteries and MOTOTRBO equipment from Motorola Solutions, will be on-site as well.
BearCom has a special temporary authority (STA) application pending before the FCC for the trunked system. The application requests 43 450 – 460 MHz frequencies in the business/industrial (B/I) trunked pool. The original STA with two locations and 700 radios was amended for seven locations and 1,700 radios to accommodate increased demand, Bisnar said.
“The frequencies in the application have been scanned and have been determined clear for use inside and around the Capitol building, where the events will take place,” said a BearCom letter submitted with the application. “BearCom understands that we are being issued these frequencies as secondary use, and that if any interference with licensed users occurs, we will cease transmission on the interfering frequency or frequencies.”
Bisnar said the network will not connect with public-safety agencies, but a JPS Interoperability Solutions ACU-M gateway will connect the Connect Plus network with the temporary Linked Capacity Plus system.
“The two-way radios are being used by the inauguration team for operations, security and medical personnel that are responsible for the welfare of the patrons who attend the event,” said the letter with the STA application.
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