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December 07, 2009

Rivada & Agito Offer Mobility Solution for Improved Field Communications to First Responders

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor


Agito Networks (News - Alert), Inc., a provider of solutions in enterprise mobility, has reportedly announced that Interoperable Communications Extension or “ICE24,” an offering the company has jointly developed with Rivada Networks, has been selected to provide emergency response support for homeland security and homeland defense missions.

 
The ICE24 is a voice, video and data solution, which helps in offering fully interoperable, mobile deployable first responder communications services, which are based upon voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP. The solution combats geography, terrain and vulnerable fixed infrastructure related barriers to offer secure, resilient, turnkey and deployable services, company officials said. 
 
Rivada had delivered the ICE24 kits leveraging the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router by Agito. The kits offer high-quality VoIP, and comprise of dual-mode mobile devices based upon WiFi (News - Alert) and Cellular technologies such as the Palm Treo Pro, and WiFi access points for secure wireless communications. An included satellite dish offers backhaul connectivity for communications.
 
Deploying its emergency response network Emergency Communications Partner roaming or “ECProam” solution in combination with Agito’s commercial RoamAnywhere mobile convergence VoIP product, Rivada has led to the development of ICE24 for offering enhanced performance to the users.
 
Agito’s RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is a mobile unified communications product, which helps the organizations in mobilizing enterprise voice and UC applications to increase mobile user productivity while reducing costs. The solution seamlessly integrates WiFi, cellular and Unified Communications (News - Alert) with location information, to enhance the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile users and drastically cuts down mobile costs and improves in-building coverage.
 
According to Rob Needham, vice president, Rivada, company’s customers had a clear need for a secure communications solution that can be driven and dropped at a specific location, and set up immediately, as having to wait hours or days for communications to be brought up using licensed cellular technologies puts a mission or people’s lives at risk. Needham noted that Rivada has teamed up with Agito because the company has long experience in delivering high-quality VoIP to a broad selection of mobile devices, with their industry-leading multi-network handover and rugged architecture to enable high-quality communications from the most remote environments using satellite communications.
 
Amit Chawla, CEO of Agito Networks said that the solution from Rivada and Agito is truly unique in the industry, and demonstrates another application of the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, in this case for Emergency First Responders globally. Chawla added that Rivada has developed a stellar, market-leading solution powered by Agito to provide mission-critical, secured communications capabilities in disaster impacted environments.
 
June this year, Alaska Communications (News - Alert) Systems Group, Inc., a provider of integrated communications services from Alaska had announced a new partnership with Rivada Networks to provide first responders with emergency wireless communications in Alaska.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison


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