In early 2011, the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing contacted C4i regarding the replacement of their aging communications system, which was no longer supportable. The ANG wanted a system with redundant networking, programmability, end-to-end VoIP, expandability, P25 operation, MIL radio integration, and many more features. C4i was awarded the project in September for its SwitchplusIP system.

C4i’s project management team completed the development, integration, installation and training in early December 2011. The installation consisted of a 5-position SwitchplusIP system. C4i’s system is designed for high availability with duplicate networks and servers. It utilizes C4i’s latest SwitchplusIP software release and is capable of expansion to add remote VoIP clients and consoles, as well as integrated telephony and conferencing, crash alarm activation, PA interfaces, and a variety of speaker or remote monitoring devices. More consoles and radios can be added at any time with minimal configuration effort. Duplicate servers in SwitchplusIP ensure that no single failure can bring the whole system down.

In the last several months, C4i has implemented several new projects for Air Force and airport customers ranging in size from fixed site National Air Defense applications to fixed and mobile ATC tower solutions and deployable/tactical communications systems.