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TRX Systems, developer of NEON® Indoor Location Solutions, announces that it has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) research contract to deliver an In-building Coverage and Analysis System (ICAS) using a first responder's radio and smartphone. The proposed ICAS solution enables simultaneous LMR and LTE coverage characterization that works with existing end-user LMR and FirstNet LTE devices, enables data gathering by minimally trained personnel and provides an easy-to-use interface with a 3D signal map visualization. The solution will quickly inform public safety users about wireless service availability within a building and in other GPS-denied areas and enable the easy identification of communication coverage gaps within specific buildings and across a total service area.
TRX Systems was selected by the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to address specific homeland security technology needs and fill gaps in first responder technology. The SBIR program is focused on near-term commercialization and delivery of operational prototypes to federal, state and local emergency responders as well as to internal DHS entities. TRX will receive funding during Phase 1 of the SBIR program to develop, demonstrate, and report results for a prototype ICAS solution. The potential subsequent phases will add the required functionality, hardening, and scalability to make the ICAS solution operational across the public safety community.
“First responders often work indoors, underground, and in other areas where communications are not reliable, so constant situational awareness is difficult to maintain,” said Jeff Kunst, Vice President of Product at TRX Systems. “This DHS S&T award will advance technology to collect the needed data while also making the coverage information and 3D maps more accessible to first responders during operations.”