Raytheon Launches Interoperability Pilot in Ill., Iowa (1/17)
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | Comments
Raytheon launched a pilot program in the Midwest that will provide first responders and public-safety officials with new and improved communications services. The six-month program, which will be conducted in the quad cities region of Illinois and Iowa, will provide seamless interoperability and remote broadband access. The pilot will also introduce new capabilities, including mobile situational awareness. "This public-private partnership will provide critical information to our incident commanders in real time, enabling them to manage emergency incidents safely and effectively," said Fire Chief Mark Frese of the Davenport Fire Department in Iowa. "We are just beginning to understand the potential of this network." In addition to Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, as well as Moline, East Moline, Rock Island, and Milan, Ill., each will participate in the pilot. Genesis Medical Center in Davenport will also participate. "Raytheon is increasing its focus on the civil communications market ...," said Jerry Powlen, Raytheon integrated communications systems vice president. Raytheon will lead the program and will partner with Nortel Government Solutions, New Era Wireless, NexPort Solutions Group, DropFire, and EAGLE Project.

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