Mutualink Demonstrates Nationwide Multi-Agency Interoperable Communications with Public Safety LTE Network

  Mutualink Demonstrates Nationwide Multi-Agency Interoperable Communications
  with Public Safety LTE Network

Business Wire

WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- February 21, 2013

Mutualink, Inc., specializing in advanced interoperable communications
solutions for public safety, emergency management and defense agencies,
participated in a multi-agency collaboration demonstration for the utility
industry last week during the DistribuTECH Conference in San Diego, January 29
– 31, 2013. Mutualink’s demonstration displayed the capabilities of real-time,
anywhere, anytime multimedia collaboration between first responders and
critical infrastructure agencies – such as utilities – across wired,
commercial broadband, satellite, and public safety LTE networks.

Seamless and ubiquitous communications interoperability and information
sharing is a key to effective multi-agency response and coordination, yet it
continues to be a challenge in emergency situations in most communities
throughout the United States. First responders, which include utilities and
other critical infrastructure operators, such as hospitals, schools and malls,
need to be able to connect and share information in an emergency, using their
own agency communication assets. Mutualink’s Interoperable Response and
Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) solves this problem and enables community-wide
multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone
communications in a secure environment. The IRAPP today has more than 1,000
media infrastructure connections from coast to coast.

Attendees at DistribuTECH experienced a live demonstration of Mutalink’s
interoperability solution in the Alcatel-Lucent booth. This solution is
available today and will leverage utility smart grid technology and public
safety LTE connectivity when it becomes available. Using Mutualink’s secure
IP-based interoperability platform operating over an Alcatel-Lucent public
safety LTE network, users in multiple locations in California, New Jersey, and
throughout the U.S. were brought together – using disparate radio, phone,
video and data resources – into a secure multiparty multimedia Push-to-Talk
collaboration session while also sharing live video and data.

“Mutualink has proven that our inclusive communications platform can deliver
interoperability in emergency scenarios, which is critical for effective
collaboration and incident response,” said Colin McWay, President of
Mutualink. “Delivering these capabilities across a public safety LTE network
gives utilities yet another tool for effective, secure, reliable
communication.”

The successful demonstration accessing the IRAPP over public safety LTE
networks is significant in light of the federal government’s efforts to
establish a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet”) is responsible for
fulfilling this goal. Partnerships between utilities and public safety
entities are expected as the technology rolls out.

Mark Hatten, Chairman of Mutualink, said, “Mutualink’s existing system will
work seamlessly with FirstNet and provide multimedia connectivity among field
users and dispatchers from utilities and the public safety community to help
coordinate daily activities as well as emergency incident responses.”

Mutualink has additional demonstration trials and deployments planned in the
coming months using public safety LTE, commercial LTE, wired and satellite
networks.

About Mutualink

Mutualink, Inc. has developed an interoperable communications platform that
enables nationwide multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files
and telephone communications in a secure environment. Mutualink’s system is
currently deployed by more than 1,000 public and private entities worldwide,
including homeland security and defense installations, NATO Special Operations
Forces, police and fire departments, transit authorities, hospitals, shopping
malls, casinos, and more. Mutualink is a privately-held company headquartered
in Wallingford, Conn., with R&D facilities in Westford, Mass. and Mayagüez,
PR.

Contact:

Rainier Communications
Jenna Desimone, 508-475-0025 x124
Mutualink@rainierco.com
or
Mutualink, Inc.
Beth Clay, 203-774-3474
BClay@mutualink.net
 
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