Dept. of Homeland Security licenses RIC-M system

The RC-M from Christine Wareless, Inc.
The RC-M from Christine Wareless, Inc. | Coutesy of the National Public Safety Telecommunication Council
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has licensed radio Internet-protocol communication modules (RIC-M) from both Avtec Inc. and Christine Wireless Inc., the department announced Monday.

The device serves as a stand-alone device that allows emergency personnel to connect to radio frequency based communication stations and other equipment over an internet network. The system is already used by local, federal and state response personnel and has been shown to be a cost-saving method.

“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,” First Responders Group Program Manager Christine Lee said.

This system was initially developed by the FRG. It converts the V.24 communication protocol, a commonly used one, into a voice-over-internet-protocol that can be used with encrypted and Project 25 digital communication methods. According to Lee, this capability strays from past systems and their inability to operate with different brands of technology.

There will be a demonstration of the system Monday and Tuesday during the Annual APCO Conference Expo in Washington, D.C.

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