AATCOMM TCRS - Tactical Communications Recording System

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Challenge answered:

No more gaps in the communications time-line!

AATCOMM TCRS - captures radio communications traffic missed by central dispatch recording systems . . . securely, reliably and in the background . . . automatically, without burdening field command personnel . . . from the moment a command vehicle arrives on scene until it returns to quarters.

Precious first minutes - or hours - before a mobile command center or other specialty field communications vehicle can arrive . . .  may now be captured and monitored real-time on scene . . . or monitored remotely . . . and preserved for future incident recreation.

TCRS systems may be furnished complete with embedded radio receivers compatible with client radio systems, or alternatively, may be integrated with client provided in-vehicle radio transceivers.  TCRS systems capture Audio, Radio ID and Mayday or "Man-down" emergency signaling.

When provided with an optional TCM module - Tactical Communications Monitor - command staff may  log into selected mobile recorders using secure wireless technology to monitor communications real-time on scene . . . as a list of recordings scrolls down a laptop display.  Mayday messages are automatically differentiated from routine comms.

When wide area wireless connectivity is available, TCRS/TCM systems may provide live voice and data feeds to remote Operations Centers.

The vehicle . . . status display . . . retrieving the data

System Planning and Available Options 

At AATCSC, we understand that each prospective client has unique needs. 

While hardware may include common radio makes and similar models, we understand that no two radio communications systems are exactly alike.  Tactical radio communications may or may not integrate with Dispatch radio communications . . . and may take place using a single frequency or channel or radio band within the radio spectrum, or may span many channels using multiple bands.  Tactical communications may be simplex mode or half-duplex or may employ conventional repeater, voting or trunking system technology.

Project planning begins with an understanding of client need and how need relates to available infrastructure, policy and procedures. 

TCRS systems may function as "black box" solid-state recorders requiring no operator intervention and are "always on" when a command vehicle is deployed - or may be set to trigger according to client specification.  Systems may provide  simultaneous recording of just one or two channels or of multiple channels including tactical, command and inter-agency channels.  TCRS systems may be furnished with embedded radio receivers or may integrate with legacy radio transceivers.  TCRS systems may include built-in network appliances such as Ethernet switches, mobile access routers and WiFi or other wireless communications technology or may be designed to interface with pre-existing client-provided networking and wireless infrastructure.

How are voice communications and data stored and retrieved?

TCRS in-vehicle systems typically store data for 60 or more days before purging  the oldest data is necessitated by the need to store new data - an automatic First-in, First-out process.  Most clients will require secure long-term storage with or without the use or portable media.

In basic systems, Voice and data may be accessed via wired or secure wireless connection to the in-vehicle TCRS system using a software application resident on a conventional computer or laptop.

When long-term storage is required, data is automatically and transparently copied to a suitable data storage system such as a dual-purpose Intermediate Server using wireless connectivity.

Dual-purpose Intermediate Servers . . .

Computer hardware may be provided at selected field locations to capture data.   In addition, intermediate servers may function as standalone playback and transcriptions stations when desired.

Enterprise Systems . . .

An Enterprise system provides transfer of voice and data from the vehicle to a centralized repository such as an NAS or small cluster of data storage servers.  Enterprise systems may employ dual-purpose Intermediate Servers at field quarters which may reside on an agency core LAN/WAN.  Alternatively data may be transferred directly via wide area wireless infrastructure when available.

A benefit of using a combination of TCRS systems, Intermediate Servers and a centralized storage system is data preservation - redundancy even in the case of a catastrophic collapse of the LAN/WAN connectivity.

C.A.P.S. - Centralized Archive and Playback System

An available option in an enterprise system is a centralized archive and playback system.  C.A.P.S. minimally consists of a small cluster of two servers providing data storage redundancy.  The data servers replicate the data to a dedicated Playback server which provides remote playback access for authorized users over the core LAN/WAN and via secure VPN connections when desired.

For more information, please click on the links below:

AATCOMM TCRS Product Description

Special Application:  FDNY Field Communications Unit

Please visit our FDNY page here

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