The Air National Guard provided communications interoperability support throughout the Metropolitan D.C. region, utilizing their Joint Incident Site Communications Capabilities (JISCC) systems and Mobile Emergency Operation Center (MEOC) trailers during the recent Presidential Inauguration. The JISCC and MEOC systems provide the ability to link disparate LMR systems, provide Radio over IP (RoIP) capabilities and utilize the JPS Wide Area Interoperability System (WAIS) to link their communications resources over various network connectivity including broadband, cellular, terrestrial, and KU Band satellite backhaul.
Sixteen JISCC units were deployed to provide communications interoperability support utilizing ACU-2000 and ACU-5000 interoperability gateways and connected using the Wide Area Interoperability System (WAIS). The JISCC program fields over 120 systems nationwide and can provide radio and voice communications interoperability with military and public safety agencies. One such unit from Louisiana was deployed at the U.S. Capitol providing a critical radio communications link from inside the Capitol building to a regional radio system outside.
Personnel from each of the six state MEOC units utilized the JPS VIA Push-to-Talk over Cellular application for communications connectivity during their deployment. JPS VIA provided them with seamless ad-hoc and group voice, secured messaging, and mapping using GPS positioning. In addition to the users’ smart devices, command and control was achieved from the command center using the JPS VIA PC client supported with the JPS Rapid Deployment Communication Package (RDCP) that also provided Wide Area network connectivity and interoperability using the JPS WAIS solution.
‘WAIS’ – This acronym accurately describes what this flexible and scalable solution does, tying together voice communications via IP over a range of geographical areas, citywide, statewide, or throughout even larger regions. WAIS allows users to parlay the varied infrastructures of Land Mobile Radio, cellular, telephone and other communications systems. When those assets are deployed in fixed, mobile, transportable, and tactical ACU sites, the resulting Wide Area Interoperability Solution provides a scalable system, robust and redundant to overcome problematic networks.
The Air National Guard provided six of their MEOCs for the Inauguration deployment. MEOCs have various land mobile radio resources to support public safety and military operations (including HF radios), are strategically staged throughout the US, and utilize JPS equipment to share communications with one another.