The US Army has procured the WAVE unified voice solution from Motorola Solutions, which will enable it to link two-way radios, smart phones, telephones and PCs together for seamless communications.
The deal, which was finalised on 30 June 2015, brings WAVE to the Army’s tactical network, providing a software solution that acts as the “glue,” patching together devices that normally wouldn’t have the ability to communicate.
For example, WAVE capability can deliver interoperability in disaster relief efforts where disparate radio systems must work together quickly, and throughout the Army’s tactical network to allow communications with coalition networks and between tactical and commercial devices.
With WAVE, two-way radio communication is converted into a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) app that allows anyone with authorisation and a voice-enabled IP device to participate in voice communications, regardless of the network or device.
WAVE will be employed to fulfil requirements of programmes of record under the US Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Under PEO C3T’s Project Manager Mission Command, WAVE will serve as the voice solution for command posts, enabling Army leaders to more effectively collaborate for mission command planning and operations.
“WAVE will eventually replace our current command post voice over IP capability and significantly expand the functionality for commanders and staff,” said Lt. Col. Shane Taylor, product manager for Tactical Mission Command. “Its associated flexibility and scalability will be a tremendous value for the Army both from a capability and a cost perspective.”
WAVE will also be deployed by PEO C3T’s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1, as part of its Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) package that enables enhanced collaboration and communication services to link local responders and emergency managers with state and federal authorities. This flexibility allows each organisation to use their own technology of choice instead of supplying common radios to all the users.
“This procurement establishes a standard solution across all Army units and the ability to link with other Department of Defense agencies including U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Marine Corps,” said Col. Michael Thurston, project manager mission command.