SOURCE: Communications-Applied Technology

October 17, 2007 13:30 ET

Oregon's 102nd Civil Support Team Uses Quick-Deploy Communications Interoperability at TOPOFF 4

National Guard Prepared to Overcome Problems of Past

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - October 17, 2007) - The Oregon 102nd WMD-CST's ADVON (Advanced Party) is at the DHS TOPOFF 4 emergency response exercise prepared to communicate with other responders -- quickly. Prepared to overcome the communications problems caused by massive natural disasters, the Civil Support Team is equipped with the 'AA' battery powered ICRI™ (Incident Commanders' Radio Interface), a small device enabling them to bridge otherwise incompatible radio systems quickly, without dependence on external hardware that may be disabled by a man-made or natural disaster.

Prior to reestablishing IP or satellite links, which may take many hours or even days, the Salem-based 102nd is able to use the ICRI as an interoperability bridge, as well as a portable a "repeater" to extend the range of their hand-held radios into buildings and tunnels that are otherwise impenetrable by radio signals.

The ICRI is the tactical interoperability "gateway" solution for the fifteen-state WSCA program, the DHS FEMA CEDAP equipment grant program, and numerous local and state public safety agencies in the upper Northwest, which have been deploying ICRIs in support of real incidents involving multiple public safety agencies. The ICRI, an effective, simple to operate, easy to maintain technology, was also used at TOPOFF 2 and TOPOFF 3.

ICRI gateways are designed and manufactured in Virginia by Communications-Applied Technology (www.c-at.com).

About Communications-Applied Technology (C-AT)

C-AT is a veteran-owned, small business that designs and manufactures the ICRI, radios, and intercoms for military, public safety, and commercial organizations. For more information on the ICRI, please visit www.radiointeroperability.com.

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