Israel’s Elbit Systems’ US subsidiary has been awarded the contract to deliver a technology demonstration for a mission critical secure broadband services solution for first responders and public safety users by the American Department of Homeland Security.
Israel has always been known to excel in both security and high tech and its companies have also succeeded where the two fields meet. This is evidenced by the fact that Elbit and other Israeli firms have actually established successful subsidiaries in the US that get government contracts.
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Elbit Systems of America is a provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, cyber security, and medical instrumentation markets.
The company will perform a demonstration which will include the WideBridge. Elbit calls it an innovative solution that integrates mission critical capabilities with FIPS certified BlackBerry BES10 secure workspace and Etherstack’s P.25 networks interoperability proven capabilities.
WideBridge enables any-to-any secure, interoperable, multimedia services with seamless connectivity between various commercial broadband cellular networks, FirstNet LTE Band 14 and the existing P.25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) infrastructure.
Mission critical services supported by WideBridge include Push-to-Talk (PTT), Push-to-View (PTV), voice and video conferencing, video streaming from agents and video sensors in the network, map activated multimedia services, situational awareness information dissemination (command & control), P.25 interoperability, and a revolutionary off-network “Direct Mode” broadband connectivity using self-forming ad-hoc mesh network for local mission teams.
DHS intends to use this solution for testing the new concept of accessing secure multimedia services for public safety users through LTE broadband network. As of September 2014, WideBridge system tests have begun at the Public Safety Communications Research Lab in Boulder, Colorado.
Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and chief executive officer stated, “Ongoing efforts to establish important interoperable broadband solutions for the FirstNet LTE infrastructure is a high priority at Elbit Systems. These solutions will provide the nation’s first responders and tactical forces with the use of secure mobile homeland security solutions now and in the future.”
In other Elbit news the company just announced that Chris Hickey has been named Vice President of its Services & Support Solutions.
“Chris brings a rich level of defense, commercial, and homeland security market knowledge to Elbit Systems of America, ” commented Raanan Horowitz.
Hickey holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.