TheÂ National Institute of Standards and Technology has collaborated with more than 70 industry partners to combine commercial technologies into aÂ mobile wireless communications system for first responders.
NIST said Wednesday the Rapidly Deployable Public Safety Research Platform works to facilitateÂ voice, text, video and data communications between approximately 200 users ofÂ broadband smartphones, Wi-fi, data terminals and handheldÂ radios within a 2.5-mile range.
âOur role at NIST is not to develop the technology itself, but to integrate the state-of-the-art pieces into a conceptual platform that will help drive the industry to meet public safety needsâthat is, to make portable systems smaller, more robust and with more capabilities,âÂ saidÂ Tracy McElvaney,Â engineering supervisor of NISTâs public safety communications research division.
McElvaney addedÂ research and demonstration platform is based on the First Responder Network Authority‘s vision for a vehicle-borne network system that will work to supportÂ communicationsÂ when the nationwide public safety network is disrupted.
NIST said the platform supports PSCR staff as they evaluate factors ofÂ public safetyÂ operations such asÂ audio intelligibility and communications databaseÂ developmentÂ amid loud-noise environments.
More than 70 vendors providedÂ equipment for the platform throughÂ PSCRâs Broadband Consortium and under cooperative research and development agreements with NIST, the agency noted.
NIST added the system is funded partly by theÂ Department of Homeland Securityâs First Responder Group.