Zetron and Selex ES have installed a Zetron MAX Dispatch system integrated with a Selex ES Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier III radio network infrastructure for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCAA) in the USA.
MCAA owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), The Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the Boston Common Garage.
The companies believe the MCAA project is the industry’s first installation of a DMR Tier III system, which supports simulcast transmission over multiple sites. Tier III adds fully digital trunking operation to Tier II capabilities.
Trunked systems can support a larger number of radio users with a limited number of radio traffic channels. They also allow emergency calls to be given a higher priority, so the calls never need to be queued. The DMRA Application Interface Standard (AIS) open-standard interface was utilised in the MCCA deployment to integrate the systems.
In addition to supporting multi-site simulcast, the success of this project is significant because it is a multi-vendor project that combines the efforts, products, and leadership from MCCA, Applied Communications Services, Zetron and Selex ES, the companies said.
Michael Palmer, sr. public safety manager of technology and capital projects, MCCA, said: “The ACSi team led by its CTO Bob Fay, director of operations Stefan Georgules and VP of sales Dan Reagan and the technology partners they selected for this project exceeded our expectations in delivering a solution that met all of our requirements and strategies, then brought the project to a conclusion that has turned our vision into reality and has contributed to the goals of leading Technological Innovations within the Public Safety and Communications industry.”
“The successful operation of our system with the Tier III Selex ES solution and our participation with the DMR Association since 2012 both underscore Zetron’s commitment to producing solutions that utilise open protocols and standards,” said Zetron product manager, Mark Cranmore. “This effort and its successful outcomes also demonstrate our dedication to working with partners across the industry to create solutions that meet our customers’ evolving needs.”
Bill Fredrickson, Selex ES director of LMR Systems, added: “Partnering with Zetron is important to our mutual customers as it provides choices and the ability to match one of the leading dispatch console solutions with the Selex ES flexible, software defined infrastructure. It reaffirms our commitment to an open-standards approach demanded by customers.”