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Catalyst Demonstrates Enhanced Vehicular Repeater

August 17, 2015 – Catalyst Communications Technologies, a leading provider of IP-based solutions, demonstrated an enhanced version of its Digital Vehicular Repeater at the 81st Annual APCO Exposition. The Vehicular Repeater is one application of Catalyst’s recently introduced, multi-functional product called ICE™ (Incident Commander Element). The new features demonstrated today include a unified control of high-powered radios and intelligent routing of audio between the three channels used by the radios. A new Graphical User Interface simplifies the operation of the three radios so that novice first responders can more easily access the powerful capabilities of ICE. This software solution intelligently manages the flow of audio so that critical syllables are protected even when the audio is being repeated locally and simultaneously connected to the radio infrastructure.

Radio managers can now lock ICE in Vehicular Repeater mode to simplify channel selection, situational awareness, and on-scene communications. The password-protected software automatically presents the first responder with an intuitive set of controls that allow only the ability to control the Vehicular Repeater function. While the ICE unit provides unprecedented access to frequencies from VHF to 800 MHz in each radio, novice users can be restricted to only those frequency sets allocated for on-scene operations. With enhanced ICE the channel selection for the two radios serving as the repeater are locked together. When the First Responder changes one radio to a different frequency, the other radio is automatically switched to its corresponding channel, reducing the likelihood that the repeater is misconfigured in the field. The running list of recent calls is likewise simplified to a concise presentation, despite the complex three-radio patch.

Catalyst engineers have enhanced the IP Link™ technology that the company has refined over the last fifteen years to manage and protect critical audio.  With a single press, novice first responders can enable and disable a sophisticated connection between two local conventional channels used for the repeater and a trunked talkgroup. This intelligent patch monitors the status of each of the three radios and manages the flow of audio between them, even when the trunked radio system queues the call or when audio simultaneously is received by multiple radios.  Catalyst has refined the audio quality to allow firefighters and others to more easily understand one another during an incident.

David Tievy, vice president of Superior Communications, noted, “We’ve been operating the Catalyst ICE product since mid-2014 and are very impressed with it.  These enhancements add to ICE’s industry leading capabilities that enable critical communications.”  Catalyst president Robin Grier added, “We are pleased to partner with Superior to serve critical communications agencies.  Superior’s expert service complements this new technology, accelerating its deployment to agencies that require complete connectivity.”

ICE provides this most powerful set of on-scene voice communications capabilities in a transportable case or vehicle-mounted rack.  When deployed with the Harris XG-100M mobile radio, ICE empowers first responders with unequaled access to VHF, UHF, 700, and 800 MHz channels for Project 25, EDACS, and conventional operations in each incorporated mobile radio.  Incident Commanders can easily communicate with a plethora of agencies, simultaneously monitoring and recording up to four disparate transmissions.

 

About Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.

Catalyst markets Radio Control over IP technology for the Critical Communications Industry and is a force for change in the effort to bring Internet-derived technologies into mobile radio applications. Catalyst focuses on products that leverage standard Windows®-based computers to reduce cost and increase the efficiency of network operators and end users. Catalyst’s extensive product line significantly enhances modern and legacy dispatch communications systems by seamlessly bridging wireless and wireline communications networks for network-based interoperability.

ICE™ and IP Link™ are trademarks of Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Contact Catalyst at info@catcomtec.com or (434) 582-6146 for additional information.

For editorial information, please contact:
John Kramer
Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.
(434) 582-6163 or jkramer@catcomtec.com

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