Press Release Summary:
Deployable Communications Network provides command post with 4 Iridium voice or data satellite channels tied into integrated PBX, with optional hookups for connecting into GSM phones and Inmarsat HSD satcom channels. System delivers multiple-link management and can support multiple workstations inside communication center. It offers scalable solution for first responders in regions where landlines and cellular services are disrupted by natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
Original Press Release:
International Communications Group Introduces Deployable Communications Network for Emergency Response and Restoration
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - October 23, 2006 - International Communications Group (ICG), a leading supplier of Iridium satellite systems for government and commercial markets, today announced the introduction of a new emergency-response Deployable Communications Network (DCN).
The DCN is designed to provide a rapidly deployable command post with four Iridium voice or data satellite channels tied into an integrated private branch exchange (PBX), with optional hookups for connecting into GSM phones and Inmarsat high-speed data (HSD) satcom channels. The system provides multiple-link management and can support multiple workstations inside the communication center.
When used with the GSM phone option, the system provides a local-area virtual cell site. The handheld GSM phones can be used within a several-mile radius of the DCN center, connecting through the PBX into the Iridium back-haul lines for communication with the outside world.
The HSD option uses Inmarsat Swift 64 service, offering a 64 kbps data channel, plus an additional voice circuit, cross-distributed and shared among all of the operator positions. The DCN is also compatible with Inmarsat's new BGAN broadband service, when greater bandwidth is required by the customer.
The DCN is designed to provide a lightweight scalable commercial-off-the-shelf solution for first responders in regions where landlines and conventional cellular services are disrupted by natural disasters or terrorist attacks," said Ray Larkin, government and military program manager for ICG. "It gives relief agencies and other first responders immediate voice and data links with the outside world until higher-bandwidth semi-permanent systems can be deployed into the theater of operations."
Larkin noted that the system can also support secure wireline terminals for NSA Type 1 secure voice and data up to 10 kbps per channel.
International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) of Newport News, Va. is a recognized industry leader in the development of mobile communications integration, automation and management systems. ICG provides products and solutions for aeronautical voice and data services to the general aviation and air transport industries. Implementation of ICG devices provides a comprehensive and elegant solution for any size airframe or application. Products include: CTU systems, corded and cordless handsets, single and multi-channel Iridium systems and data management devices. Markets for ICG products are the aerospace, military and maritime industries. ICG is a major Iridium value-added manufacturer (VAM) and has developed a wide range of Iridium-based solutions for mobile satellite communication applications.