Operational Range Comms with Voisus

I/ITSEC 2015 | What's New

For over a decade, ASTi products have been used as the critical link between live/operational and simulation-based training resources. More recently, our ability to merge live radios, commercial voice-over-IP (VoIP), wireless intercoms, and landline and mobile phone networks with existing military comms infrastructure has allowed us to offer an all-inclusive solution wherever these disparate technologies are used.

ASTi's proficiency with networked communications enabled us to expand our products to support applications where day-to-day use is primarily—if not exclusively—operational comms. Our latest effort in this area is called Voisus Unified Communications.

Our latest Unified Comms project involves replacing old equipment at the New York Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing Adirondack Joint Range 48 at Ft. Drum. ASTi's solution includes integrating local and remote radios, phone lines and wireless intercom equipment to provide range control and tower operators with a single, comprehensive interface to their communications system. The user-configurable Voisus Flex Client gives range operators access to all their communications assets from a single console. And, since Unified Comms is network-based, additional comms capabilities can be extended across range facilities using their existing infrastructure.

Other related activity involves upgrading Unified Comms capabilities to the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal Technical Test Center (RTTC). The RTTC comprises a collection of interconnected live-fire ranges overseen and coordinated from the central Mission Operations Control Center (MOCC). Voisus Unified Comms was originally deployed at Redstone Arsenal to replace the obsolete Distributed Scalable AccessNet (DSAN) system. Since initial delivery, however, the system has been expanded to include over 30 operators, 30 live radios (some with remote control), phone lines and VoIP systems.

One unique feature of the system is the ability to quickly install a small network comms adapter (our AI-S device) anywhere on the range network to enable instant access to the unified environment at that location. This provides the flexibility to expand or alter their capabilities as range events dictate. Our customers in Alabama have told us that they see this as highly valuable and advantageous feature.

Finally, operational range comms systems typically require a robust solution offering maximum uptime as well as the ability to record all range communications for safety monitoring and incident review. To that end, Voisus Unified Comms offers fail-over protection and full network logging to support comprehensive and long-term recording and rapid recall of all voice interactions.

Do you have operational communications requirements? Do you have a training application? Maybe you have both. We can help. Give us a call.

JTACs during an exercise at Ft. Drum
Photo: Michelle Kennedy