Epiq and TRX Win Phase II DHS Contracts for In-Building Coverage Analysis System – Homeland Security Today
Epiq Solutions and TRX Systems were awarded Phase II of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is contracting to develop a simple, trouble-free, low-weight, power and power (SWaP) system in the Coverage Analysis Building (ICAS) to assist responders quickly.
As part of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), administered by the DHS S&T Directorate, DHS is looking for a solution to the critical problem of achieving reliable coverage of an emergency communications network in buildings of different type and location.
Epiq Solutions successfully completed SBIR Phase I in 2020, using its commercial SDRs for RF scanning and detection to confirm key assumptions for convergent internal testing with P25, FirstNet, Commercial LTE and 5G NR. In this phase II contract, Epiq Solutions will launch a commercial product that will meet many of the challenges facing building coverage analysis and increase confidence in public safety nets for first responders who respond quickly.
Epiq Solutions will develop a converged scanner / sensor that simultaneously evaluates the wireless coverage of P25, FirstNet, commercial LTE and 5G NR, which is smaller than a deck of playing cards and can be powered by commercial phones and tablets. The company will provide a cloud-based coverage analysis and management system that provides measurement version control and a single glass window to jurisdictions (AHJs), public safety communications officers, and city and county information directors. to review and manage the coverage of their emergency communication systems.
The TRX ICAS solution enables individual responders to conveniently characterize LMR and LTE coverage in buildings using their own LMR radios and FirstNet LTE mobile devices. Through a phone interface and intuitive 3D signaling card visualization, the TRX ICAS solution informs public safety users of wireless vulnerabilities in individual buildings, including all critical infrastructure and other large public buildings in the common service area of the first response. With advanced knowledge of potential communication problems, first responders can take appropriate action to maintain awareness of the situation and ensure their personal safety during operations.
In Phase I of this program, TRX confirmed the feasibility of ICAS objectives by integrating with First Response Radios and FirstNet LTE devices, mapping network service coverage in three representative buildings, storing the received signal maps in the cloud and creating a simultaneous, one to another – side visualization of signal maps for LMR and FirstNet services. During Phase II, TRX will expand and consolidate Phase I’s capabilities to successfully operate the ICAS solution on a community-wide public safety basis. The main objectives of Phase II include simplifying the process of collecting and updating coverage data, delivering coverage maps and signals directly to consumer devices, providing aggregated visualizations of buildings in the area of responsibility (AoR), and conducting extended on-site tests. with selected fire departments to check system performance and validate usability.
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