ESChat Gains Multiyear Broadband PTT Task Order from DOJ
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | Comments

The Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded a multiyear task order worth a total of $1.77 million for broadband push-to-talk (PTT) service to ESChat.

The task order, which includes a base one-year term and four option years, was issued via the company’s General Services Administration’s (GSA) contract. The award will grow ESChat’s existing footprint within the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which began using ESChat in 2013.

Broadband PTT service provides radio-like communications on smartphones, tablet sand PCs over commercial wireless networks. Used by all branches of the U.S. military, as well as federal, state and local public-safety agencies, ESChat is able to operate over and across any wireless network, including all commercial carriers, private 3G/4G/5G networks and Wi-Fi.

ESChat supports standards-based interoperability with LMR networks, including Project 25 (P25) via the native Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) protocol and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) via the native Application Interface Specification (AIS) protocol. ESChat also supports interoperability via radio over IP (RoIP) to all LMR radio networks, regardless of radio technology or operating frequency band.

In addition to DOJ, ESChat is also used within eight other executive departments of the U.S. government, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation. ESChat’s broad adoption by public safety enables its customers to opt in to create secure interagency communications channels. In a common use case, multiple agencies, sometimes operating on different wireless carriers, create ESChat channels that facilitate secure cross-agency communications.

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