NVIS Supplies Barrett Equipment for 120-Mile Police Officer Race
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Comments

NVIS Communications, the U.S. Barrett Communications system integrator, together with REDCOM Labs and Star Solutions provided high-frequency (HF), Long Term Evolution (LTE), satellite and mobile phone connectivity across the 120-mile Baker to Vegas law enforcement officer foot race.

The 2017 event also required a doctors radio network in addition to the existing medical radio network and event management networks. The Baker to Vegas organizers and medical staff determined that a separate doctors network was needed to provide direct communications from each of the stations in the race, back to a command post that also had direct connectivity to a Southern Californian hospital for any specialist advice or counsel, in the event of a medical emergency during the relay race.

The tactical communications unit (TCU) developed in collaboration with NVIS Communications, REDCOM Labs and Barrett was deployed at a strategic location in California and was able to provide primary, emergency or backup communications via a multitude of mediums and modes.

Because of communications issues early in the race, the TCU provided the primary communications network for the entire race, until the normal operations issue had been rectified. It then continued to operate in the background providing full connectivity for the doctors radio network throughout the event.

The TCU was deployed and set up in less than an hour at a strategic high location off road in the Mojave Desert Wilderness area overlooking the first half of the race course from Baker, California, to Pahrump, Nevada. From this location the TCU was able to acquire both terrestrial via Verizon LTE and from Globalstar and Inmarsat satellite session initiation protocol (SIP) trunks that were then distributed to the secure race networks.

All users were able to acquire a dial tone directly from the TCU and connect to anyone outside the race area. Further, anyone calling into the TCU from outside the course could have automated direct access to any or all of the radio platforms via a number of preconfigured conference bridges that they could access via telephone whether cellular, analog or VoIP.

Additionally, a complete HF system from Barrett Communications was in place at multiple fixed and mobile locations throughout the course and beyond so that in the event that other mediums were down or unavailable, the HF system would be able to provide direct connectivity to and from the race locations to external automated HF telephone interconnects in the greater Southern California or even surrounding states through the public switched telephone network (PSTN).

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