April 19, 2012
Raytheon Initial Testing For Wisconsin County's New Land Mobile Radio System Completed Ahead Of Schedule
Raytheon helping to combine three disparate communications systems into one for efficiency
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed ahead of schedule an important milestone in building Rock County, Wisconsin's first interoperable communications system. The successful System Acceptance Test, conducted with General Communications, is the initial step in creating this critical emergency network.
"The test was extremely complex, but Raytheon worked with us to overcome a number of technical challenges," said Rich Westgard, project manager for General Communications. "Rock County is one step closer to a truly interoperable communications system."
The system being installed in Rock County is part of Raytheon's Rapid Alliance solution. Rapid Alliance is a modern, integrated, wireless voice and data communications system superior to any stand-alone network that a municipality could develop independently. The open standards approach is also cost-effective, allowing users to keep existing hardware and enabling agencies to choose their own timeline for upgrading equipment.
The Raytheon P25net land mobile radio (LMR) system is designed to provide seamless communications across the county, which spans more than 700 miles in the South-Central region of the state. It will connect the cities of Janesville and Beloit with the entire county on a single, interoperable network.
One of the advantages of operating on a common frequency is efficiency. Historically, Rock County's firefighters have been required to manually change radio channels as they move from North to South because of two different frequencies in the region. Once the new simulcast network is in place and firefighters are operating on one frequency, there won't be a need to change channels by hand.
"Raytheon designs and manufactures an integrated solution that optimizes existing architecture as an independent, yet interoperable LMR system at a highly affordable cost," said Mike Prout, vice president of Security and Transportation Systems for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business. "By providing a solution for multiple end-users leveraging existing legacy systems, Raytheon can meet our customers' needs today while enabling them to grow into the future."
Project 25 (P25) is a platform for interoperable public safety voice and data systems. Raytheon's P25net system is an advanced internet protocol networked radio system that is fully compatible with all P25 radios and the industry standard Inter RF Subsystem Interface for interoperability with other manufacturers' P25 radios.
Using the Raytheon P25net Channel Controller, General Communications was able to convert the existing system to an APCO P25 compliant digital operation. General Communications, with support from Raytheon, will soon conduct its own infrastructure acceptance test. Rock County will then implement a full rollout of the system.
About General Communications
General Communications, with locations in Madison and Milwaukee, has been serving Rock County for more than 30 years. Led by Project Manager Rich Westgard, General Communications worked closely with Raytheon to ensure a smooth transition from the analog system to the P25net system.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.