The primary purpose of the Rapid Deployment Communications Package is to provide local or wide-area interoperability in a small tactical kit.
The ACU-M can provide local interoperability by connecting the provided interface cables to donor radios and bridging across talkgroups. To provide wide-area interoperability, the ACU-M connects to the LAN side of the Pepwave router. The router provides network access either through the ethernet connection to the WAN port on the top of the unit, or by docking a cellular SIM.
By using a SIM with a public IP static address, the RDCP can function as part of a JPS WAIS (Wide Area Interoperability System) solution. Laptop users connect to the router through either Wi-Fi or by plugging directly into the LAN port on the top of the unit.
The kit includes two portable radio chargers to provide power to portable radios being utilized as donor resources. A DC terminal block powers the chargers and can vary depending on a preferred radio model.
The slot in the back of the unit can hold up to two smartphones. These phones can communicate using various means without the requirement of a SIM. By connecting to the Pepwave over Wifi, the smartphone can use the JPS VIA push-to-talk over cellular or a Wi-Fi calling application to place and receive calls over the IP network. The charger for each phone can also be stored in any of the pouches.
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