Easy to use communications technology helps National Capital Region respond
| 01.08.2007 | 06:38:18 | Views: 2800 | ID:
January 8 '07: Recently, the Washington D.C. metro area received high marks for its first responders' ability to communicate and efficiently share information regarding a disaster. A press release detailed some of the reasons for the area's ability to become more flexible in sharing information citing low training thresholds and the ease with which the communications equipment can be obtained and distributed.
At heart are the Incident Commanders' Radio Interface (ICRI(TM)) which allow "first responders to talk across incompatible radio systems and equipment, including digital," and analogue frequencies as well as cell phone and satellite phone frequencies.The technology was developed by a local Virginia technology company, Communications-Applied Technology. The advantage of the technology, the press release said, was that it was cost-effective, portable and easy to use. The radios require little training and the interface "features simple toggle switches rather than complex computer controllers that delay set-up and use." The Washington D.C. metro area is home to the National Capital Region response patchwork of 19 federal, state and local agencies and jurisdictions.
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