|HERE’S HOW IT WORKS |
Students demonstrate their prototype
radio software bridge to public
safety officials from six counties.
They were summer interns at
Griffiss-based New York State
Technology Enterprise Corp.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Engineering students show technology may solve some radio problems
A new summer student project at New York State Technology Enterprise Corp. ended with the successful demonstration of technology that could solve some radio communications problems for emergency responders around the state.
During the demonstration in Oswego, the interns used the software bridge to communicate via VHF/FM radio with Oswego County’s public safety radio system.The demonstration was attended by public safety officials from six member counties of the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium.
Public safety communications problems have been in the news since the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks when, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, emergency responders from various departments in New York City were unable to communicate using different radio systems. During the 13 years since the attacks, federal and state governments have explored various solutions to public safety interoperability problems, which exist nationwide. In New York state, local emergency responders and state agencies currently use various types of radio systems, many of which cannot communicate with other systems
“Because the technology the students demonstrated is based on open-source software, it could provide a low-cost and very adaptable solution to interoperability problems across New York state,” said Walsh. “The software is free, it runs over standard hardware, and the solution is very adaptable. Down the road we would like to boost the bridge so it could eventually accommodate the transmission of video and data as well as voice communications.”
NYSTEC’s prototype solution could be installed in current infrastructure for emergency communications and activated remotely when needed.
The company says it plans to involve future paid interns in other projects. For 10 years not-for-profit firm has been helping government and institutional clients plan and manage the acquisition, implementation, upgrade and security of information technology systems. Headquartered in Rome, NYSTEC also has offices in Albany and New York City. The company currently has 85 employees.
Source & Credit:-Rome Sentinel dated 20th August 2014 :- http://romesentinel.com/rome/engineering-students-show-technology-may-solve-some-radio-problems/QBqnho!66XvH3tLhRoOv3uZubzEaA/