This is the second year JPS supported OCR and we played a key role, providing communications interoperability for all five of the training scenarios. They included a Wildfire, a Cyber Attack on Critical Infrastructure, a Tunnel Emergency, a Complex Terror Attack and an Airport in Crisis. First Responders in each scenario utilized a variety of radio frequencies and other methods of communication while participating in the exercises.
JPS worked closely with Verizon and their Major Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) with the deployment of a JPS Wide Area Interoperability Solution (WAIS). The WAIS system provided seamless real-time communications interoperability between all the personnel involved in each of the five scenarios, by dynamically managing interoperability nets made up of various frequencies in the HF, Low Band, VHF, UHF, and 700/800 trunked bands. WAIS operator stations providing remote command and control and dispatch capabilities were located within the MERIT command trailer, the Joint Operations Center (JOC), and the JPS Sprinter vehicle. The system’s backhaul methods included a combination of terrestrial, satellite (KU) and broadband LTE.
JPS also deployed a Radio over IP (RoIP) solution that featured DSP-2 modules in an ACU-2000 to provide seamless LMR connectivity to Verizon’s Push to Talk Plus PTToC application, hosted over Verizon’s LTE broadband infrastructure. This allowed key personnel to use Smart Devices to access each operational scenario’s various radio frequencies. This PTToC interface was also brought into the WAIS system and WAIS operators were able to dynamically patch PTToC talkgroups to radio channels as each scenario required.
As a confirmation of the exceptional audio quality processed through the ACU-2000, professional sound mixer Peter Redding connected his recording equipment directly to its earphone jack. The ensuing audio captured during the exercises will be included in videos created by the Verizon production team, due to be released within the next few months.
JPS would like to thank the hosts, Verizon and Nokia, for allowing us to participate and the confidence they have expressed in the JPS technologies. We also extend our thanks to our various partners who provided their tremendous support and state-of-the-art technologies. Many of our partners either deployed JPS interoperability technologies or provided supporting infrastructure. A special thanks to the Verizon MERIT Team, the Columbia County (GA) Emergency Management Agency, Nomad GCS, Motorola/Kodiak, Sonim Technologies, IP Access International, Intrepid Networks, Codan Communications, and Silvus Technologies.