Raythen touts new first responder app

Feb. 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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DOWNEY, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A new mobile application for first responders that provides enhanced communications and collaborative capabilities has been unveiled by Raytheon.

The system is called One Force Mobile Collaboration and includes voice, maps, drawing tools, chat, real-time position tracking with GPS, streaming video and image sharing.

"Developed and tested in Southern California, One Force received input during the product development cycle from local first responders to create a tool that would meet their unique needs in the field," said Dan De Sollar, director of the Public Safety Regional Technology Center for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business.

"Recognizing that each department and region will have its own specific requirements, One Force was designed to allow for user customization."

Added TJ Kennedy, director of Public Safety and Security for Raytheon's NCS business: "For most first responders, the personal cellphone they carry has significantly more communications capabilities than their traditional police radio. However, a civilian cellphone is not optimized for public safety use. The One Force application brings together the best of both worlds: access to smartphone technology and the customizable features that first responders need to get their jobs done."

Raytheon said One Force allows departments to use existing hardware and infrastructure operating on networks with 2G, 3G, 4G and WiFi, performs over low data rate radio and tactical radio networks and features heterogeneous network capabilities among responders.

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