APCO: Genesis pursues larger UK opportunity
BALTIMORE–The Genesis Group will make its network-management software tools available to all agencies operating on the Airwave TETRA network in the United Kingdom, the company announced today.
Already providing its GENSZAI and NetVista software to Airwave law-enforcement customers like the Metropolitan Police in London and police services in Northern Ireland, Genesis will be make three or four similar packages—service levels designed to meet the varied budgetary and network reporting needs of public-safety entities—to first-responder groups through the UK, Genesis President Phil Burks said.
“It gives us an opportunity to have UK-wide exposure for our globally accepted performance-management tools,” Burks said. “What we did to help the managers in Hennepin County, Minn., understand the performance of their system during the recent [Minnesota collapsed bridge] disaster is easily scaled to handle similar situations on the Airwave system.”
Genesis dealer TAG Management will broker the deals in the UK, where public-safety entities became interested in Genesis’ products in the wake of the London bombings of 2005. Major first-responder agencies’ expressed frustration about their attempts to get detailed reports from Airwave regarding the performance of the network during this high-profile incident, Burks said.
“They didn’t get much information, it was delayed by 60 days and there were gaps in the information,” he said.
By contrast, the Genesis software enables the generation of detailed network-performance reports in less than a day. And the Genesis CloneWatch solution lets network managers quickly identify unauthorized users that attempt to access a network by programming “cloned” radios.
“We want to see CloneWatch in every P25 system, because we believe so strongly in what it does for any trunking system, whether it is used by public safety, an enterprise or the military,” Burks said.
Genesis also announced that it has expanded its relationship with longtime partner Motorola. In addition to selling Genesis software directly through its Motorola sales force, the vendor giant begin selling various GenWatch3 packages indirectly through it extensive dealer network by September, Burks said.