The ICRITM is a simple, low cost, tactical solution to improving radio coverage in a wide range of environments using an agency’s pre-existing radios.
To address the radio coverage gap, between the marathon starting line in Hopkinton and finish line in Boston, the ICRI will bridge VHF and UHF mobile radios (Motorola XTL series mobile to XPR 4000 series mobile radios).
The ICRI-2PM, shown below, has been fitted into a backpack, along with a Barrett 2090 HF radio and an ICOM F9511 VHF/P25 radio, to provide interoperability between the two devices.
Military units at the brigade level and above may need to retransmit LOS radio communications, in order to integrate forward area personnel into the radio net. Usually, this is a risky operation that places a retrans team into an unsecure, remote area.
A member of the C-AT staff recently observed a communications exercise at Ft. Bragg. This exercise was part of NORTHCOM’s Vital Connection exercises.
In certain situations, HF radio operators may wish to suppress noise from their radio without using conventional means.
I recently found a blog entry, titled “Failed Police Radios at Sandy Hook Raises Common Safety Issue”, on the website of National School Safety and Security Services, an organization that offers expertise in the following areas: security assessments, emergency plan evaluations and crisis communications.
To establish a fixed, tactical, emergency radio link between school security, school administrators and local law enforcement, enhancing school safety
Flexible (all-hazards) tool sent directly to smaller communities
Note: The following report was written about the Incident Commanders’ Radio Interface in 2007.
For Public Safety officials who sleep peacefully at night, content with the ability of their community’s emergency communications to handle the unexpected – especially for providing inter-agency radio interoperability for mutual aid – recent events in Apex, North Carolina may shake their confidence.