Avtec to provide encrypted over-air communications for dispatchers
- By John Breeden II
- Aug 19, 2013
Avtec is preparing to release Scout 3.1, an upgrade of its dispatching system that will encrypt all over-the-air communications. Scout systems, which add voice over IP across radios and computers, are used in the public safety, transportation, utility, business and government industries.
“Avtec’s Scout 3.1 release addresses the needs of users in the organization who require different dispatch capabilities and want customizable solutions and interfaces,” said Kevin Williams, Avtec’s vice president of product development.
The new Scout 3.1 System, which will have a P25-compliant key management facility, will be available for government and private organizations in three configurations.
First, the Scout Plus Console package is for mission-critical environments. It's equipped with a dedicated media processor and two network interfaces to offer 100 percent redundancy for the highest level of performance. Professional-grade peripherals offer durability and performance in a sleek new design.
Second, the Scout’s software media processing option is designed for mobile command units and disaster recovery scenarios. It offers the flexibility of a pure software option with full-feature capability. It is scalable to easily accommodate the addition of new dispatch seats without the associated need for proprietary hardware.
Third, the Scout Ranger accessory is a complementary tool that runs on any Windows 7 device, including tablets, laptops and PCs. It uses Scout’s software media processing technology and a concentration of Scout’s dispatching features, giving senior staff the ability to oversee situations and collaborate on high-profile incidents without the need for a full console position.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.