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Tactical Voice Communications Interoperability for FEMA USAR Teams October 4, 2012 Briefing Seamless radio communications with other federal public safety.

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1 Tactical Voice Communications Interoperability for FEMA USAR Teams October 4, 2012 Briefing Seamless radio communications with other federal public safety assets including National Guard CST, CERFP, and FSRT, and state/municipal emergency responders Incident Commanders Radio Interface ICRI TM ® Made in the U.S.A A Veteran-Owned Small Business

2 The ICRI Solution to a multitude of FEMA USAR team tactical problems… Rapidly interconnects FEMA with (a) National Guard and other federal asset radios, (b) municipal/state public safety radios, (c) land-line/cell/satellite telephones, even when power and computer infrastructure are unavailable. ICRI provides a rugged, highly portable, radio cross-band (HF, VHF, UHF, 7-900MHz), cross platform (digital/analog, trunked /talk-around, AM/FM) capability for mutual aid operations including with those having different encryption keys. Enhance the radio link between USAR team members working in areas of poor RF propagation (inside-outside buildings, tunnels) and remotely located Leaders by serving as a rapidly field-able repeater.

3 The Equipment (Patented) Small, rugged package/circuitry Highly portable Rapidly deployable (under 5 minutes) Multiple radio interconnect without adding technical complexity Minimal operator training Wide range of power sources (including AA batteries) Low cost in equipment, allocated manpower, sustainment requirements A component of the multiple USAR and all WMD-CST ADVON caches since 2002

4 ICRI…as a rapidly deployable repeater… … using a teams existing cache radios in support of tunnel and large structure entries where RF propagation is poor or non-existent 5.5 lbs Tactical Repeater - water-proof, no over-packing required 8x 12 x 11 Two Radio I/O ports + telephone or IRIDIUM port + handset Internal AA battery housing provides a 24+ hour duty cycle

5 Repeater/relay Functional Diagram 2-way radio connected to repeater/relay transmitting frequency B or trunking assigned channel to radios at ground level Entry team 2-way radios frequency A transmitting to one another and to radio on reel 2-way radio on reel receiving frequency A 2-way radios receiving frequency B or trunking assigned channel Automatic gain control Audio buffer/delay VOX with tail timer VOX with tail timer Muting BLUE: RF* GREEN: AUDIO LEVEL and BUFFER* GREY: KEYING LOGIC/CONTROL* LT. RED: SQUELCH TAIL BLOCKING* * adjustable ICRI

6 Rapidly deployable, reliable radio communications from confined spaces-to-BOO…up to 5000 into a tunnel… Cache radio on conventional channel

7 …or rapidly configured as an intra-team range extender for the vehicles in a long task force deployment caravan

8 Isaac-ready ICRI… 7.0 lbs 10.5 x 9.5 x 6.0 WATERPROOF, SAND-PROOF Internal housing for eight (8) AA alkaline/primary batteries provide an 24+ hour duty cycle; also uses external DC (7-31V) Five Radio I/O ports + telephone or IRIDIUM port + handset ICRI-E (DoD Guardian II Force Protection selection)

9 o All versions of the ICRI can be connected to a G2 terminal via G2s RJ45 handset port. o The G2 headset connects to an RJ45 jack on the ICRI interface cable o No external power source requirement Multi-agency radios linked to LightSquared MSAT-G2 through ICRI Model LMR-G2… connects a cache radio to MSAT-G2

10 FEMA USAR personnel Encryption key X CST/CERFP/HRF Encryption key Y RC FlexNet ICRI-WFM ICRI Capabilities… LOS and BLOS Encrypted Radio Communications with National Guard Personnel and FEMA HQ Equipment not shown to scale MSAT G2 XTL5000

11 Extending Situational Awareness Line-Of-Sight Radio Communications Link to Beyond-Line-Of Sight Using commercial satellite 2-wire connection Commercial BGAN terminal ICRI Gateway

12 To ICRIs 2-wire audio I/O port 2-wire RJ-11 port All versions of the ICRI can be rapidly connected to a BGAN terminal via the analog telephone jack (a parallel connection with the phone. Alternately, the ICRI can be configured with an internal PSTN circuit and a keypad. BGAN INMARSAT terminal with analog handset

13 Certifications and Approvals JFCOM 05 CWID recommended for immediate deployment RCMP Qualified Products list USAF Force Protection Battlelab USMC Warfighter Lab DICE Certified EPG CEDAP selected technology EPF CTAC selected technology AEL/SEL approved SAFECOM Rapidcom 9/30 SoR V1.0 and 1.1 (draft version)

14 Comments from the Field… 14 The ICRI is easy for first responders to use unlike other gateway devices that must be set up by a trained Comm-t or radios shop personnel. LeRoy Sisley Seattle Fire Department, WATF-01 USAR Communications Technician Our team conducted a training LANES at a harden bunker with 12 inch reinforced concrete walls. We were task with conducting a CBRNE RECON of the downstairs of the bunker. Additionally, due to the possible communication challenges that can arise with using line of sight two ways radio in this type of building the ICRI-2P was deployed. Compared to the similar systems I have used in the passed, I found the ICRI-2P to be easier to deploy in Personnel Protective Equipment. It was compact and light weight; no one on the team had any problems carrying the equipment down range. Likewise, while in the building the RECON team was able to effectively communicate back to the Survey Team Command Trailer. SFC Robert Phipps Commo Chief 23rd WMD-CST Christiansted, VI The Incident Commanders Radio Interface (ICRI) from Communications-Applied Technology was found to be a useful communications tool for the taskforce. The ICRI is light, small, and easily packed in the cache. Its phone patch capability could provide first responders with direct communications to resources that would be available only by phone to radio relay. This could prove valuable in the WMD environment. It also allows connection to other agencies or operations with very little setup time or communications knowledge. All tests, on usable radio/phone systems, with the ICRI provided good reliable communications DHS Emergency Response Technology Program Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Operational Test and Evaluation. This report summarizes an evaluation of the ICRI by Fairfax County Virginia Urban Search and Rescue FEMA Task Force 1.

15 Comments from the Field… Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration In all, CWID '05 had 49 trials with 39 of them applicable to USNORTHCOM and its HLS/D coalition partners missions. This After Action Report (AAR) details the assessment results for 26 trials we identified as most promising from a HLS/D perspective. Of the 26 trials, USNORTHCOM recommends 3 trials for JFCOM consideration as input to the Transformation Change Proposal (TCP) process for further evaluation and funding. The nominated trials highlighted in this AAR are: Weapons of Mass Destruction Common Operational Picture (WMD COP) Multi-level-secure Information Infrastructure (MI2) Incident Commander Radio Interface (ICRI) …Use of ICRI will enhance relationships between USNORTHCOM, its subordinate JTFs, the National Guard and local and state emergency operations centers by providing the ability to rapidly link the communications systems used by civil agencies and those systems used by military first responders. HQ USNORTHCOM, CWID 05 After Action Report

16 Additional HLS/HLD activities…

17 For Additional Information… G. Seth Leyman Communications-Applied Technology Roger Bacon Drive, Reston, VA, Voice: ; Fax: Website: CAGE Code: 0EEY2, TIN: DOL Veteran-owned, Small Business SIC 3669 MADE IN THE U.S.A

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