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March 10, 2010 3:01 pm

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Catalyst Enhances Communications for Electric Utilities

Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. (Catalyst), a leading provider of Radio Control over IP (RCoIP) solutions to the Mobile Radio marketplace, today announced that the Catalyst Interoperability Solution has been installed at both Haywood Electric Membership Cooperative and Florida Keys Electric Cooperative for the purposes of improving and expanding coverage for their field personnel.
“Haywood EMC is located in areas of mountainous terrain near Asheville, NC. It is often difficult, if not impossible, to maintain adequate radio coverage with our existing trunked land mobile radio system, and this presents significant field issues for the utility,” said Mike McClure, Communications and Electronics Technician for Haywood.  Mike went on to explain, “When field personnel must leave their vehicle – a utility truck for example – to work on downed power lines, they may be significant distances from the road and thus outside of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system coverage.  In these cases, the dispatcher can often maintain contact over the Verizon Wireless Push-to-Talk system by leveraging the Catalyst solution.”  In addition, the dispatcher has the ability to patch the Verizon Network Push-to-Talk traffic back to other LMR users that are at the truck or at some other location within LMR coverage.
“At Florida Keys Electric CoOp, a similar situation exists,” commented Robin Grier, President of Catalyst.  The Florida Keys comprise a huge geographic area with small amounts of land mass, making it difficult and in some cases economically unfeasible to guarantee good LMR coverage.” Robin went on to explain, “Since the Catalyst system was installed, the utility has been able to leverage the existing Verizon Wireless radio footprint to provide Push-to-Talk capability and interoperability to the Florida Keys Electric LMR system.”
The Catalyst solution dynamically routes Push-to-Talk voice on the Verizon Wireless nationwide network as well as with other commercial Push-to-Talk systems such as the Sprint iDEN based PTT network to radio traffic on private radio systems such as those supporting Project 25, SmartNet™, EDACS™, and conventional.  Catalyst’s IP Console™ provides dispatch of commercial Push-to-Talk calls as well as legacy LMR calls.  The solution is designed for the Utility Industry as well as Public Safety, Transportation, Federal, and other critical communications agencies.
Advanced information like the Subscriber’s ID is used to route calls to the appropriate destination.  Both individual and group calls on the Verizon Wireless network can be linked to LMR channels and talk groups using the Catalyst solution.
Catalyst’s IntelliLink™ product provides a peer-to-peer solution for linking disparate radio systems across an Internet Protocol (IP) network.  Dispatchers can create advanced links between specific Push-to-Talk phones and LMR channels so that a single Gateway can support multiple uses.  The dispatch solution using the Catalyst IP|Console™ product provides a full-featured, scalable, primary tool with built-in instant call recorder, paging, and call history.  Dispatchers can leverage advanced messaging available from a variety of radio systems like Unit ID, Emergency, and the selection of hundreds of channels or talk groups.  IP|Console™ may be used as a standalone dispatch console for commercial Push-to-Talk service or in conjunction with LMR systems.
Both the IntelliLink™ and the IP|Console™ solution are immediately available from Catalyst.

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.

IP|Console™ and IntelliLink™ 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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