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Avtec, Christine Wireless License DHS’ Public Safety Comms Module

Avtec, Christine Wireless License DHS' Public Safety Comms Module - top government contractors - best government contracting event

CellTowerThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Avtec and Christine Wireless commercial licensing rights to a DHS-built technology that works to help public safety organizations reconfigure or update legacy communication systems.

DHS said Monday its science and technology directorate’s first responders group developed the Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module to connect radio frequency consoles and base stations over an IP network.

“Instead of having to replace an entire system ““ which can cost as much as $15,000 ““ when one component breaks or becomes obsolete, organizations can use any RIC-M compatible product to extend the system's life for another 10 to 20 years,” said Christine Lee, FRG program manager.

RIC-M is also designed to convert a V.24 serial communications protocol into a voice over IP open architecture and to operate with analog communication devices.

Avtec and Christine Wireless obtained the technology licenses by signing a cooperative research and development agreement with the department.

The agreement allows both vendors to manufacture and market RIC-Ms in the commercial sector.

DHS added the first responder communications platform will be available to other agencies soon through the U.S. General Services Administration‘s Schedules program.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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