Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) has supplied its BTS-3300 wireless broadband communications platform to support a Louisiana parish’s need for a mobile command center and redundant 911 call center. CEO Bob Peterson said the parish wanted to deploy a mobile command center across the 270-square-mile parish using non-technical personnel to initiate communications in less than 10 minutes. In addition, they required a minimum of 100 Mbps throughputs for voice and video communications.

“What they were looking for was a disaster-preparedness and -recovery mobile solution,” Peterson said. “They wanted to rapidly deploy the mobile command center in emergencies and establish a communication link from the mobile command center to one of the towers throughout the parish.”

The BTS-3300 is a wireless, point-to-point link that locates, locks onto and tracks the wireless broadband connection between the mobile command center and one of four towers arranged across the coverage area. The command center and the towers use the platform to provide 360° of coverage from each tower using directional antennas. Peterson said while its solution was integrated with a 4.9 GHz (PTP600) wireless broadband radio from Motorola, the platform is designed to work with all existing communications systems.

“We provide the complete system, not including the radio,” he said. “We work with all sorts of radios.”

Peterson said the solution provided a significant cost savings compared to satellite or cell network services by eliminating monthly service fees, which can total around $5,000 per month for a single connection of .5 Mbps. He said BATS’ integrated system provides up to 1,024 Mbps with no additional service fees.

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