JPS Enhances Signal-and-Noise Voter

JPS Communications introduces new features to its Signal-and-Noise Voter

RALEIGH, N.C., (Jan. 25, 2006) - Raytheon Company's JPS Communications, a leader in voter technology, has announced product improvements that further enhance the flexibility and value of its SNV-12 Signal-and-Noise Voter. The SNV-12's new, software-enabled features include a variable Vote Lock onset delay timer and the ability to reduce the pilot tone detection sensitivity. With its new features, the Signal-and-Noise Voter chassis now costs $3,995 and site voter modules are $695. The new prices took effect in January 2006.

A voter is a communication device that assures high quality radio signal transmission, rebroadcast and reception across its network. The SNV-12 uses individual digital signal processors to continuously select the receiver with the best signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) from multiple sources. The SNV-12 then provides the best SNR, or "voted," output to a dispatcher and/or to a repeater for rebroadcast across its network so that all users can hear the best signal, each time they communicate.

The SNV-12's Vote Lock onset delay timer assists customers who use wireless and other Internet Protocol based networks to link voting receiver audio with the SNV-12. The timer restrains the lock until the network sites have "unsquelched" their communication devices and, in this way, allows all participants to join in the voting decision. SNV-12's new pilot tone detection sensitivity reduction capability minimizes "false squelching" due to environmental noise, yet maintains the unit's ability to detect valid pilot tones.

JPS has also introduced a new CIM-2A module that replaces the current CIM-2. The CIM-2A provides a pair of valuable new features. First, its internal speaker allows users to monitor either the voted receive audio, or a mix of voted receive and transmit audio. Secondly, the CIM-2A allows the voted receive audio to be mixed (at a selectable relative volume) with the dispatcher's transmit audio. This enables a dispatcher to break into an ongoing field transmission without completely muting that transmission.

"We continue to deliver product improvements and enhancements that respond to customer need," said Michael Cox, vice president of engineering. "The SNV-12's new hardware and software improve current voting capabilities and support future enhancements, as the voter market advances."

JPS Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, designs, manufactures and sells electronic hardware and software products that enhance the effectiveness of communications systems. The company offers unsurpassed local, regional, state, and wide-area interoperability by directly connecting or networking any of the following devices: high, ultra high and very high frequency radios along with Nextel, satellite communication, cellular, WiFi and digital land line telephones.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2004 sales of $20.2 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.

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