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1 Tactical Radio Interoperability for Emergency Response Personnel Incident Commanders Radio Interface TM ICRI TM ®

2 The ICRI Solution to a multitude of tactical problems… Interconnects municipal public safety radios, state and federal radios, land-line/cell/satellite telephones, and military radios in moments through the unmanned ICRI. ICRI provides a rugged, highly portable, radio cross-band (VHF, UHF, 800MHz), cross platform (digital/analog, trunked /talk-around, AM/FM) capability for mutual aid operations. Enhance the radio link between an emergency response team operating in areas of poor RF propagation (inside- outside buildings, tunnels) and remotely located C 2 personnel by serving as a rapidly field-able repeater.

3 ICRI An effective and low cost solution to: Establishing immediate C 2 with the dissimilar radios of Special Response Teams including USAR, police, medical triage, WMD-CST, and other supporting agencies Enhancing in-building and below grade radio communications

4 The Equipment (Patented) Small (10 x 3 x 7), rugged package/circuitry Highly portable (3.5 lbs) 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 and allocated manpower

5 ICRI in Action

6 Additional Details 1 The device will provide an audio matrix interface between multiple commercial/military land mobile radios (LMR) or different types and operating frequencies, and a land-line/ cellular telephone. A small, lightweight interconnect assembly for dissimilar radios (models/frequencies, clear/encrypted, talk-around/ trunked) used by the multiple organizations/teams at an IDLH incident. A rugged assembly that can be transported to an incident without special transport or power requirements.

7 Additional Details 2 The maintainer(e.g.: a Battalion Chief) of the ICRI is not required to maintain radios other than his own, as each supporting organization that arrives on-scene brings one extra of its own radios to be mated to the ICRI for the duration of the incident. Additional matrix/radio ports are provided for in the design to permit additional IC radios to join the IC voice network. Each audio input port, except the telephone port (where it is not necessary), uses a voice activation radio key and receive priority circuitry. Power requirement for the ICRI is 7-20V, 0.08 Amps so that 8 AA batteries will power the ICRI for more than 24 hours under 100% operating load.

8 Additional Details 3 Two talk-groups can be established by toggle switch. Encrypted voice can be passed cross band/cross platform. Remote all call can be enabled by telephone or two-way radio. Alternate power sources: V AC 50/60 Hertz, vehicle- supplied 12 volts DC. Two ICRIs can be joined in the field--without tools--to expand the number of linked radios. Optional Pelican cases with die–cut foam insert provides water- proof, decon-able operational capabilities, and checked-baggage transport. Optional audio delay circuitry available to address channel access delays in trunked radio systems. Talk group monitoring/recording capability for training and archiving. Five (5) year warrantee for parts and labor Rack-mount version with ALL-CALL feature

9 Standard Application Frequency/channel is agency defined, not stipulated by ICRI Radios supplied by individual supporting teams Connect through radios external speaker mic jack

10 ICRI with Attachments (Not to scale) 1. Ports are not radio specific (mobiles or portables) 2. User instructions on top cover 3. Interconnect cable technical notes on bottom cover

11 Alternate Applications Below grade/in-building link to trunked repeater Repeater body wire signal

12 Mobile Incident Command Post to Emergency Operations Center Interoperability Generic Basic Emergency Response Gateway Author: Jack Fox, FEMA, 10/04 Version

13 Mobile Incident Command Post to EOC Interoperability - Detail

14 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… Interior building/below grade radio interface cable reel and mount for hand-held radio. Up to 1000 of cable runs have been successfully used in the subway and mall incidents. Use standard CAT5 cable to link multiple ICRIs up to 200 apart Circuitry emulating a telephone handset station signal level and impedances for VoIP gateways

15 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… ICRI-WF 2.7 lbs BACK PACK-ABLE 10.5 x 9.5 x 1.0 Internal lithium ion rechargeable batteries provide an 8 hour duty cycle; also uses the ICRI 8 AA alkaline battery pack providing a 24+ hour duty cycle

16 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… ICRI-2P 2.7 lbs Tactical Repeater 7.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 Two Radio I/O ports + telephone port Internal 9V battery housing provides a 5 hour duty cycle; also uses the ICRI 8 AA alkaline battery pack providing a 24+ hour duty cycle

17 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… ICRI-E 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) Uses standard military connectors and compatible with the H-25-/350 green gear handset

18 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… ICRI-R 19 rack-mountable or console versions of the ICRI 10 radio port, two talk net; convertible to 5 radio port (x2) two talk net 5 radio port, two talk net ports can be mixed front and back (not shown)

19 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… Four Talk Group, Five Port Configuration 5 radio I/O, handset/headset I/O Rugged, welded, aluminum chassis (7 x 10 x 3.5) Fully compatible with low band, VHF, MHz legacy and P25 portable/mobile radios Cell and land-line telephone (POTS/PSTN) compatible Commercial and military satellite compatible VoIP telephone emulator Bridge Unit ID Bridge All Call 4 talk group selection for all ports Operates on external 6.5V-20, 115/220 AC Low current drain: 5 radio bridge: 10 radio bridge: Total weight:4.5lbs 5 year warrantee, includes prepaid expedited shipping

20 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… Four Talk Group, Ten Port Configuration 10 radio I/O, handset/headset I/O 4 talk group selection for all ports Fully compatible with low band, VHF, MHz legacy and P25 portable/mobile radios Cell and land-line telephone (POTS/PSTN) compatible Commercial and military satellite compatible Bridge Unit ID Bridge All Call VoIP options Integrated, water-proof Pelican case; total weight:20lbs 5 year warrantee, includes prepaid expedited shipping Operates on 8/16 AA batteries, external 6.5V-20 (24-31VDC option), 115/220 AC Low current drain: 5 radio bridge mode: 10 radio bridge mode:

21 Pelican 1610 with ICRI and Radios

22 Expanding The ICRIs Capabilities… Four Talk Group, Ten Port Configuration 10 radio I/O, handset/headset I/O 19 2U rack-mountable 4 talk group selection for all ports Fully compatible with low band, VHF, MHz legacy and P25 portable/mobile radios Cell and land-line telephone (POTS/PSTN) compatible Commercial and military satellite compatible Bridge Unit ID Bridge All Call VoIP options include DTMF pad/hook/flash switch Operates on external 6.5V-20, 115/220 AC Low current drain: Total weight:15lbs 5 year warrantee, includes prepaid expedited shipping

23 Integrated Interoperability Suite (IIS) Provide seamless interoperability between emergency services communications networks, including agency two-way radios, with satellite-based extensions to public or private networks. The IIS enables agencies to communicate via satellite to available infrastructure communications. Voice and Data services are fully supported as well as VPN.

24 Integrated Interoperability Suite (IIS) Highly portable (45 lbs) Minimal operator training Wide range of power sources Rapidly deployable (under 5 minutes) Small (25 x24 x20), rugged package/circuitry Low cost in equipment and allocated manpower Multiple radio interconnect without adding technical complexity After considerable research for an integrated solution to our region's tactical communications interoperability needs, I found that the EdgeAccess/ICRI solution to be simple, affordable and effective. This solution provides us unprecedented tactical interoperability with virtually anyone in the world and can be set up in minutes. The choice was a "no brainer". Charles L. Werner, Deputy Fire Chief, Charlottesville VA

25 Comments from the Field… Charlottesville (VA) Fire Department The ICRI provides the immediate ability to achieve radio interoperability between any wireless radio and/or wireless device. The unique feature of the ICRI is that not only can it meet the Rapidcom requirement of being deployed within one hour of an incident; it can literally be setup within 5 minutes. Key to successful implementation, this device can be used to achieve interoperable communications with very little training and no technical assistance which is particularly important to adapting to new agencies or devices that need to connect. It is scalable and provides and may be used in an extended capacity through the use of a wire cable allowing interoperability to be used in buildings, basements, below grade/confined space and tunnel incidents. The ICRI is portable and can be used practically anywhere (in any vehicle, in a facility, etc.). From a cost perspective it is one of the most competitive devices for this functionality on the market and is generally 1/3 the price of similar market products. It has been tested, accepted and is being deployed in military, public safety and emergency management settings around the world. Fire Chief Charles Werner

26 Comments from the Field… Houston (TX) Police Department I currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Interoperability Committee along with Assistant Chief Smith of the Houston Fire Department. Last year I was requested…to research and evaluate different pieces of radio equipment that would allow the various Public Safety Agencies in the Houston / Harris County area to speak directly with each other by radio despite the incompatible radio networks. What I found was the Incident Commander Radio Interface (ICRI) was the most suitable piece of equipment for rapidly deployable, day-to-day use. The City has since purchased 10 of these units and distributed them to the Police and Fire Departments. Since taking delivery of these units I have had the opportunity to use them twice to coordinate large, muti-agency searches for armed suspects. In both instances the unit allowed Houston Police Officers to communicate directly by radio with the other agencies participating in the search alongside them…When searching a several acre area for multiple armed suspects the necessity for the patrol officers on the ground, the officers in the helicopter, and canine handlers to be able to speak directly to each other in real time is clear. Lieutenant S. F. Casko

27 Comments from the Field… Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID 05) 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

28 Comments from the Field… AEC Summit County (OH) ARES Responding to the mock disaster scene in support of the EMS units and the American Red Cross, our local Amateur Radio Emergency Service, SumCo ARES, opted to use a repeater operated by Pioneer Amateur Radio Fellowship, which reaches all the hospitals but only has marginal coverage in the valley. There was no problem getting out of the valley with a 25 watt mobile and an elevated antenna, but HTs were marginal at best, forcing most traffic to be related through the mobile. This method is prone to errors because messages have to be relayed to net and then the response relayed back to volunteers using HTs. Ideally, a mobile with cross-band repeat would be ideal in this environment but none was available among the ARES volunteers responding to this drill. The perfect solution to solving all the above problems is the Incident Commanders Radio Interface (ICRI) which was demonstrated at the ARES/EMA state meeting this past spring by John Chapman, WD8INY, Ohio SEC. At that meeting, ARES ECs and AECs from throughout Ohio gathered for emercomm updates from the Ohio EMA and the ARRL. Chapman had borrowed the unit from the manufacturer, Communication-Applied Technology, Reston, VA, which primarily markets the ICRI to the military and public safety forces. Unlike cross-band mobiles, the ICRI can cross link to five radios using HTs or mobiles. This is a decided advantage in a large scale disaster. Walt Heeney N8LJM

29 Comments from the Field… Greenville (SC) EMA We originally looked at the ACU-1000, and I worked with the two representatives sent here to plan it out its deployment in this jurisdiction. My recommendation was that the ACU-1000 was much too expensive and large for us to effectively use, and that it would not fully meet our interoperability needs. That's when I started looking for an alternative, and found the ICRI. Since then, we've found the ICRI to be a valuable resource, and we have done business exclusively with C-AT ever since. Robert Ward

30 Cost Complete, multi-agency, communications interoperability does not need to cost $100K, or even $50K… Configure a quickly deployable ICRI to link portable radios, mobile radios, iDEN TM phones, and cell phones for $4,000 to $10,000. Configure a quickly deployable IIS for $55- 65,000…. including the satellite dish. Configure a quickly deployable IIS for $55-65,000…. including the satellite dish.

31 For Additional Information… G. Seth Leyman Communications-Applied Technology Roger Bacon Drive, Reston, VA, Voice: ; Fax: Website: CAGE Code: 0EEY2, TIN: DOL Small Business SIC 3669


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