LAS VEGAS--Raytheon JPS unveiled during IWCE 2006 the ACU-M, a smaller version of its ACU-1000 interconnection device, which is designed to be portable and easy enough to deploy that even untrained first responders can achieve interoperable links quickly at the scene of an incident.

Weighing less than 4 pounds with a splash-proof, smudge-proof exterior, the ACU-M is designed for field deployments and utilizes the same cables as the ACU-1000, Hall said. While the ACU-1000 typically requires an additional computer hook-up, the ACU-M is a stand-alone device--it can be connected to a network via an intuitive interface and has buttons large enough to be pushed by users wearing gloves.