Coast Guard plans for disaster

Coast Guard plans for disaster

The Coast Guard will get a preliminary design for its next-generation emergency response network from Motorola Inc. under a $7.8 million contract.

The future $300 million National Distress and Response System will modernize Coast Guard voice and data communications as well as situational awareness for fixed and mobile systems.

The new system will receive maritime distress signals, communicate with mariners, coordinate search and rescue operations, and enable command and control in coastal areas and inland waterways. Its design will eliminate coverage gaps and improve the accuracy of direction finding.

The Coast Guard also wants the capability to record and play back calls.

'William Jackson, Tony Lee Orr and Patricia Daukantas

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