USGS Selects Aviat for $3M Earthquake Communications Contract in California
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Comments

Aviat Networks announced a new $3 million project with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The federal agency will purchase microwave, router and video surveillance hardware, software and services to improve earthquake-related communications throughout California.

The new system will be used by the Earthquake Science Center (ESC) to transport geophysical and seismographic data, as well as security video to/from various sites across the state. Aviat's hardware and software solutions will be deployed for reliable and secure communications under the most severe emergency situations. USGS will also depend on Aviat for design, installation and maintenance services for a full turnkey implementation.

USGS previously used National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) Advanced Wireless Spectrum 3 (AWS-3) spectrum for these communications. As part of the requirements of the AWS-3 auction, USGS needed to release frequencies in the 1.755-1.78 GHz band, which required a system upgrade. Aviat's radios are approved for all licensed NTIA fixed frequency bands with key federal certifications.

“Aviat's prior AWS experience combined with our proven performance in executing complex microwave deployments in California, enabled Aviat to meet the tight timelines involved with this project,” said Michael Pangia, president and CEO, Aviat Networks. “The need for secure communications across federal, state and local networks is increasing, and we believe we're well positioned to support customers, such as USGS over the coming years."

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