Federal Radio has provided trunked radio service to federal government agencies and contractors since 1993. The original service was known as FedSMR and was constructed on the Motorola Smartnet platform. These services are provided under contract with the Department of Commerce and administered by the NTIA. In response to the mandate for all federal frequencies to convert to narrow band channels, Federal Radio constructed a new multiple site multiple vendor, narrow band compliant trunked radio system. In 2003 the 1CommWireless (one-comm) service began operation utilizing the popular Passport trunking protocol. Voice dispatch and GPS data services are provided exclusively to federal government and qualified federal contractors in the Washington-Baltimore corridor. In April 2010 we introduced FedSMR-D the new multi-site digital trunked radio service. We are always striving to improve the quality of affordable communications. The introduction of digital radio offers a nearly 20% improvement in usable voice communication and allows support for data/text messaging and GPS location technology.
What is Trunked Radio? Trunking is the automatic sharing of mulitple radio channels between several separate radio user groups. Your radio is part of a private "talkgroup"; when the transmit button is pressed the 1CommWireless system assigns your radio and all talkgroup members a channel so that you can communcate. This provides fast and efficient use of the available radio spectrum.
Traditional radio systems use a single radio at a building or tower site. Most non-public safety agencies use a radio base station or radio repeater located in their agency's building. Range is very limited becasue the antenna height on the building typically provides range to a portable radio of less than a mile. The only way to increase system range is to get much higher antenna height or to network several sites.
The FedSMR-D digital trunked radio achieves greater range by utilizing both high antenna sites and low power networked sites. Trunking several radio repeaters at a site allows all users to benefit from the greater range achieved by the tower(s). Federal Radio uses both tower sites and building sites to provide tailored radio coverage to our government customers.
The digital backbone system offers expanded coverage area, electronic security, interoperability and a choice of multiple subscriber radio manufacturers for the mobile and portable radios. Your agency does not have to budget a large expenditure to build a radio system; simply purchase or lease the portable radios and subscribe to the service.
The FedSMR-D system is a digital backbone that connects several radio sites to give the user a wide area of radio coverage and advanced radio operation features. Radio users can talk on their group at one site or between sites as the radio will automatically roam to the nearest radio site. One low monthly price give each user unlimited access to the full network
Security Each mobile and portable radio is provided with an individual ID number and an electronic serial number. Both of these numbers much match the systems database in order to place a radio call. This function allows a radio to be disabled temporarily "stunned" if misplaced or permanently "killed" if lost or stolen. This prevents your radio operations from being compromised should the radio fall into the wrong hands. When a radio call is received the calling radio ID or name is displayed on your radio. You know instantly who is calling.
Features Each functional working group in your agency can have its own radio Talkgroup. A talkgroup is like a radio channel; all radios selected to the same talkgroup can talk and listen to each other regardless of what radio site they are on. In addition, all call channel is available for those agencies that need more than one talkgroup.
Application An example is " The Dept of Ups and Downs" needs radios to support daily operations for security and facilities management. With the ability to generate an Announcement Call to all radios. In addition, the requirements exist for COOP and Shelter-in-place/Evac programs. The FedSMR-D system can provide and All Call talkgroup for announcements and separate Security channel and Maintenance talkgroups. The additional requirement can be met with our reserve channels that are configured to operate independently of the network.
See-IT and Hear-IT Let us show you how Federal Radio can support you radio communications needs. Let us show you how radios and the IT world have converged to provide you Virtual Base Station and Virtual Portable radios that can operate on your radio system anywhere a LAN, Cellular or Wifi connection is available.
The convergence of radio and IT is here.
Federal Radio has implemented Radio over Internet Protocol (“RoIP”) technology to support COOP programs and non-traditional dispatch needs. This technology enables two way radio users to interoperate with other devices, including cell phones, laptops, PDA’s and other two way radios. Our solutions break down barriers between different spectrum bands and disparate devices. Importantly, radio users can continue to operate their legacy equipment and still benefit from the Internet’s flexibility and scale.
Remote operations are a supported; in the event of a need to enact continuity of operations plan the primary and secondary radio systems will be connected to allow continuous and simultaneous communications. Several tools are available to support dispatch, portable and interoperable communications. - Virtual Base Station---Turns your PC into a two way radio! No more need to run dedicated phone lines and purchase dedicated hardware to give a user access to the radio system. Simply have access to the internet and install the client software and you have a PC base station. - iWalkie ---Provides IP-based walkie-talkie functionality with GSM analog voice quality. Enables seamless 2-way radio traffic and will functions on EDAs, PDAs and Smartphones that use Window Mobile or Apple iPhone application. When connected to a WiFi the user will inccur no airtime charges. Perfect for PDA's with internal private network operation. - Site Cast-- Provides the hardware interface between a radio and a PC. One Sitecast device is need to connect the radio system to the IT world. From that connection the Virtual Base Stations, iWalkie units and ROIP server will access the radio system. The inexpensive SiteCast units become your gateway to interoperability. And since the SiteCast devices are connected via the IT network or internet they do not need to be colocated in order to establish interoperability.
Federal Radio can assist with the application of the ROIP technology to fit your needs.
Instant communications; the press of a button gets to your people fast.Two-way trunked radio provides today’s most efficient and affordable wireless service. Federal Radio operates the 1CommWireless trunked radio network servicing Baltimore/Washington and Norfolk areas.Check-out our array of services and broad list of manufactures.
Federal Radio is the exclusive provider of trunked radio service to the federal government under contract with the Department of Commerce. Thousands of radios in service by many agencies are utilizing our unmatched combination of services, equipment and spectrum.
Depend on us to provide communications support of daily operations, maintenance and in contingency planning. We provide the technological expertise and hardware solutions for the real world application. Contact us to see how your agency or company can join the 1CommWireless network.
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Discuss with us how we can build your campus or area wide radio communication system for little or no out of pocket expense. Very affordable unlimited airtime and the best Peace of Mind service plan in the industry.
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