today’s world of limited budgets, having a land mobile radio network that
supports true component interoperability is just as important to public safety
agencies as the coverage itself. The CORP25 digital trunked Land Mobile Radio
(LMR) network from Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is a
solution that gives agencies the freedom to choose equipment from multiple
vendors, so they can get the right equipment at the right price. A cornerstone
of the Cassidian Communications mission-critical portfolio, the CORP25 solution
is standards-compliant, completely open and the industry’s only true
non-proprietary P25 network. Fully embracing the P25 goals of interoperability
and component competition, the CORP25 solution provides “true choice” to customers
such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) O Division, the City of
Richardson, Texas, and others who have utilized competitive procurements to
eliminate the proprietary premiums some vendors place on radios, consoles, and
other non-core components. Plus, their support of Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF) standards, including IP, SIP and RTP, makes it possible to use
off-the-shelf switches, routers and other network components, allowing users to
leverage existing network assets and further break away from the proprietary
hardware and software restrictions of other vendors.
from the consoles all the way through to the repeaters, CORP25 simplifies
network management and serviceability, letting users remotely monitor and
manage system assets to reduce the time required to correct a problem. The
IP-based CORP25 system is unique in its ability to support the addition of new
functions and applications with software upgrades only—providing a simple and
cost-effective path for the integration of new features and technologies
without the cost of replacing the existing hardware infrastructure.
distributed architecture of CORP25 solution allows continued wide area trunked
and dispatch operations over the IP network, even in the event of multiple
failures including the loss of all system controllers. The distributed
architecture of CORP25 also makes it ideal for a wide variety of network
configurations and operational requirements. Supporting multiple frequency
bands and both simulcast and multicast modes of operation, CORP25 can easily be
scaled from a single site to multiple sites in order to best meet a
department’s expansion needs. “It’s the right tool for the right price,” said
Mike Doerk, Product Portfolio Manager at Cassidian.
Buncombe County, N.C.
the fall of 2013, Buncombe County, N.C. has been utilizing Cassidian’s CORP25
digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network for enhanced public safety
communications and response. Covering a 660-square-mile area between the Blue
Ridge and Smoky Mountains, including the city of Asheville, this new, 12-site
network enables secure, reliable radio communication for the county’s first
responders, as well as government and public works users.
to replace Buncombe County’s aging radio system, the CORP25 solution includes
infrastructure, design, engineering, installation, long-term managed services,
and 24/7 maintenance and support. As a truly open, P25 standards compliant solution,
CORP25 made it possible for the county to utilize competitive procurements for
its mobile and portable radios as well as other key network elements. This
“unbundled” approach allowed the county to reduce the total cost of ownership,
increasing the overall economic value of the new network.
wanted a radio communications solution that would give us maximum flexibility
to build the best network, with the best equipment, at the best price,” said
Jerry VeHaun, director of emergency management, Buncombe County. “Cassidian
Communications’ CORP25 system does all that and delivers the increased
capacity, enhanced coverage and interoperability our public safety responders
to Doerk, Cassidian received a “fantastic response” from Buncombe County once
they started using CORP25. Buncombe cited a significant increase in coverage
and better voice quality compared to the older system they were using. Coverage
in that Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain region was difficult in the past due to
the diverse terrain.
delivers the improved spectral efficiency, increased capacity, enhanced
coverage and interoperability necessary to support our deputies in the field,”
said Sheriff Van Duncan, Buncombe County. “In addition, this IP-based network
will evolve with us as our needs change, keeping the county safely on the front
edge of mission critical communications.”
City of Richardson, Texas
Communications announced full system acceptance of its CORP25 digital, trunked,
P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network by the City of Richardson, Texas. System
acceptance confirms delivery and full compliance of the turnkey, simulcast,
Project 25 (P25)-based radio network according to the City’s operational
requirements. The CORP25 solution includes hardware, software, system
engineering, installation and optimization, as well as long-term Managed
Services, and 7/24 maintenance and support. Already, the City migrated all
general government users onto the network and is preparing to cut over the
public safety users next.
to replace the city’s aging analog radio system, the new digital CORP25
solution is the industry’s only true non-proprietary P25 solution. One hundred
percent standards-compliant, the interoperable CORP25 radio solution enabled
the City of Richardson to fully utilize competitive procurements for its mobile
and portable radios as well as other key network elements, allowing the city to
choose best-in-class equipment from multiple vendors. This “unbundled” approach
benefited Richardson in terms of both reduced costs and improved quality of all
equipment—further reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing the
overall economic value of the new network.
standards enabled us to use new strategies in purchasing, which saved
substantial amounts of money in comparison to the old-fashioned, one vendor
approach to purchasing,” said Steve Graves, chief information officer for the
City of Richardson. “The CORP25 system is based on the purely open-standards
model we were looking for, and the gear is compact, well-suited to our data-centric
environment and of the highest quality.”
the CORP25 system is based on advanced IP technology, it allowed the city to
easily integrate it into existing data networks and data centers without
problem. According to Doerk, Richardson tested 30 different radios on
Cassidian’s COPR25 solution and they all worked.
and scalable, the Cassidian Communications radio solution offered the City of
Richardson the power of true choice, simple and efficient network management
and cost-effective migration to future applications and services.
City of Richardson obtained a best-in-class solution for a fraction of the
original cost estimates and was able to put those cost savings back into the
community,” said Chuck Sackley, vice president and general manager for
Cassidian Communications Land Mobile Radio.
customer of Cassidian Communications since 1992, the City of Richardson already
uses the company’s VESTA® emergency call processing solution, the MagIC™
management information solution, the ORION™ MapStar™ mapping solution and the
REVERSE 911® emergency notification system. With the final acceptance of the
CORP25 solution, Richardson’s public safety communications network is now ready
to handle more than 7,000 calls in an average day.
Downriver Community Conference
Community Conference on behalf of Downriver Mutual Aid (DMA), a consortium of
16 municipalities in lower Wayne County, Mich., chose Cassidian to provide a
digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system for public safety
communications. The 800 MHz simulcast CORP25 radio network provides mission
critical communications for police, fire and emergency rescue responders from
each of the DMA communities. The multi-year contract includes hardware,
software, system engineering, installation and maintenance through 2022.
to replace the DMA’s existing analog system, the standards-based CORP25 network
will interoperate with the state-owned Michigan’s Public Safety Communications
System (MPSCS) network, as well as enable efficient network management and
lower operational costs.
Cassidian Communications CORP25 solution allows us to remain financially
independent and maintain control over our own network, while taking us to the next
level of public safety communications,” said Kim Donahey, Chief Financial
Director, Downriver Community Conference (DCC).
the DMA communities also utilize the Cassidian Communications Sentinel®
Patriot® call processing solution in their 9-1-1 call centers. Based on
critical communications standards, the Sentinel Patriot solution is designed
expressly for next generation 9-1-1 applications.
are confident that our fully open CORP25 network will provide the operational
and economic freedom that DMA requires, while ensuring that all emergency
responders have the most efficient and reliable communications they need to
keep the communities of Downriver safe,” said Bob Freinberg, Chief Executive
Officer, Cassidian Communications.