Raytheon and Twisted Pair Solutions unveil state-of-the-art dispatch center

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Twisted Pair Solutions, a Seattle-based provider of mission-critical solutions for secure, real-time communication, today unveiled a next-generation dispatch system deployed for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. This state-of-the-art dispatch center is one of the first in the nation to be purely IP-based and supports the use of smartphones and tablets for seamless first responder critical communications, anywhere, on any device.

The Raytheon-provided solution uses the company's industry-leading interoperability gateway to enable communications with San Luis Obispo County's existing radio systems. The solution also incorporates Twisted Pair's WAVE® Dispatch Communicator that turns a standards-based PC into a richly-featured communications dispatch console. The WAVE® Mobile Communicator turns any Android™, Apple® iOS®, BlackBerry® and Windows Mobile® smartphone into a multi-channel land mobile radio (LMR) handset for secure, on-demand push to talk (PTT) communication.  

"In addition to the challenges of aging equipment, many first responders seek to take advantage of new capabilities offered by smartphones and tablets and are looking forward to embracing the power of the FirstNet network," commented TJ Kennedy, director of Public Safety and Security for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "As the leader in deploying interoperable communications systems for public safety, Raytheon is at the forefront of enabling departments to take advantage of the latest technology today and to be ready for the improved FirstNet network tomorrow."

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"Raytheon has provided us with a next-generation dispatch system that bridges our existing radio system to the new capabilities of today's smartphone and tablet technology, and FirstNet in the future," said Sheriff Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. "I am proud that our department is able to deploy the same technology that protects the communications for our most sensitive government installations worldwide to enhance public safety in the county."

On hand for the unveiling today were computer science students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, who were able to participate in live demonstrations of the system. The students also spent time with the Raytheon and Twisted Pair technical teams to learn more about how the new IP-based dispatch system operates.

Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Jul 23, 2013