Urgent Communications, the leading public safety communications media resource, has published an article covering the testing by BayRICS of xG Technology’s public safety pilot network in three California municipalities. The article followed a press release issued on April 7 by xG Technology announcing the successful deployment of the xMax pilot network. The full article can be read at this link.
Urgent Communications spoke with Barry Fraser, BayRICS General Manager, who noted the ability of the xMax system to resist interference.
“The sites hand off at high speeds when users are in vehicles, and I haven’t seen any evidence of interference on the unlicensed frequencies,” he said.
Mr. Fraser has kept officials of FirstNet—the public safety network that will serve the nation’s first responders—up to date on the progress of the xMax pilot network, and he discussed with Urgent Communications how the xMax system could be used to extend FirstNet.
“[The xMax system] is not a replacement for FirstNet by any means, but you certainly could fill in some gaps and get service in places where it might be difficult for FirstNet and do it a little more quickly,” he said.
To date there is no fixed timetable for FirstNet becoming operational, or how much of the country it will eventually cover. In the meantime, emergency managers have ongoing requirements for mission-assured communications that are not being fully met.
xMax has the flexibility to serve as an early-arriving, affordable, and dedicated public safety network today, as well as being fully compatible with FirstNet whenever and wherever it is eventually fielded.
Significantly, xMax brings with it 26MHz of additional dedicated spectral capacity and disaster backup capabilities. When FirstNet does begin to roll out, it will be immediately reinforced by xMax as a second communications pathway, and one that is not only fully expeditionary, but also unique in its ability to resist interference and intentional jamming.
For these reasons, xMax represents a compelling public safety communications investment, both in meeting today’s urgent needs, and in delivering added value to FirstNet when it arrives.