STOCKTON, California, Oct. 3, 2018 – Enterprise Communications, a provider of Land Mobile Radio Equipment and Interoperability Solutions, through its relationship with Two Way Direct, is joining AT&T’s FirstNet Dealer Program. As part of its relationship with Two Way Direct, Enterprise Communications can now sell FirstNet services to eligible current and future public safety customers.
In support of AT&T’s efforts to deliver FirstNet services to first responders under its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), AT&T has engaged a group of dealers and solution providers with deep knowledge of public safety. This FirstNet Dealer Program will help get FirstNet’s game-changing technology into the hands of first responders throughout the U.S.
“We are very pleased to join the Two Way Direct and FirstNet family. We believe in the ability of FirstNet services to change the communications landscape for first responders and its promise of dramatic positive change for all citizens during and after a devastating emergency,” stated Dan Woods, Owner of Enterprise Communications.
FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need. Every day. And in every emergency.
“Enabling Enterprise Communications, through its relationship with Two Way Direct, to equip first responders with FirstNet service is a great way to meet public safety where they are,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president, AT&T Public Safety & FirstNet. “The FirstNet Dealer Program makes it easy for public safety agencies to work with the solution providers they know and trust – like Enterprise Communications – to sign up for FirstNet service.”
AT&T closely regulates which indirect sellers are approved to promote, market and co-sell FirstNet. Enterprise Communications was selected for its focus on land mobile radio, push-to-talk over cellular and LMR to LTE interoperability solutions for public safety agencies.
To learn more about Enterprise Communications, go to www.enterprisecomm.com. To learn more about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
About Enterprise Communications
Enterprise Communications has designed and delivered two-way radio communication systems for Public Safety in Northern California since 1975. We specialize in two-way radios, push-to-talk over cellular and LMR to LTE interoperability solutions.
For more information, contact:
Phone: 209 373 6764
Enterprise Communications is located at the Port of Stockton in the old San Francisco Naval Communications Headquarters building. I have been building and servicing two way communications systems since 1969 when I graduated from Ranken Technical College and entered the US Navy as a Communications Technician. We built and maintained two way radio systems for the Seventh Fleet. After serving a six year enlistment, I mustered out at Treasure Island and began working at the Motorola Service Center in San Francisco. Forty plus years later, I am still building and maintaining two way radio systems.
The Only Thing Constant Is Change
Two-way radios have been around in analog form since 1938. It is simple, ultra reliable, and inexpensive. Every manufacture makes analog radios. The ultimate (KISS) Keep It Simple Solution. These systems are best for agencies that do not require encryption. Typically, portable radios can be purchased for under $500.
In the 80's, before Cellular phones became available, there were many Public Safety and Commercial users wanting additional frequencies. The solution for this was Trunking systems. Much like an office phone system, e.g., 4 lines being shared by 15 office phones. Similarly, the LMR Trunking systems would...
In the 80's, before Cellular phones became available, there were many Public Safety and Commercial users wanting additional frequencies. The solution for this was Trunking systems. Much like an office phone system, e.g., 4 lines being shared by 15 office phones. Similarly, the LMR Trunking systems would have 20 channels shared by 200 radio talk groups. Usually, there were enough channels available to be shared. However, when major events would take place, like a visit from the President, these systems would get overloaded and the emergency traffic could not get through. Another down side to trunking systems is that most of them routed all traffic through a single audio or digital switch. First rule of Public Safety Communications is never allow a single point of failure in your Emergency Communications System. Adding Trunking to a portable radio typically adds another $1000 to its price.
In analog systems, the signal is clear near the base station and gets progressively noisy the farther away you are from your base station. In digital systems, the signal is clear until you reach the edge of your coverage area, where your signal abruptly cuts off. The coverage area doesn't increase...
In analog systems, the signal is clear near the base station and gets progressively noisy the farther away you are from your base station. In digital systems, the signal is clear until you reach the edge of your coverage area, where your signal abruptly cuts off. The coverage area doesn't increase significantly, but it sounds clearer until it stops working. The down side is that each manufacture designed their own proprietary digital radio system, thus competition was eliminated. Typically, these portable radios can be purchased from $800-$1000.
The Federal Government tried to establish a standard for all manufactures so there would be some competition. This was called Project 25. In an effort to prevent competition, some manufactures...
The Federal Government tried to establish a standard for all manufactures so there would be some competition. This was called Project 25. In an effort to prevent competition, some manufactures again added proprietary add-ons, such as ADP encryption or linear simulcast to conventional systems, that were not approved in the P-25 standard. Again, if you purchased one of these radios, you were locked into purchasing from only that manufacture. Typically, these portable radios can be purchased for $1500-$3000.
In the 50's and 60's, all VHF (150-170 MHz) frequencies were used up. Technology advanced to the point in the 1970's that UHF (450-512) frequencies became available. Soon these frequencies filled up as well. The next step in technology brought about 800 MHz and soon after 900 MHz. Even though...
In the 50's and 60's, all VHF (150-170 MHz) frequencies were used up. Technology advanced to the point in the 1970's that UHF (450-512) frequencies became available. Soon these frequencies filled up as well. The next step in technology brought about 800 MHz and soon after 900 MHz. Even though this allowed for more channels, radios were not capable of operating in multiple bands; a VHF radio could not talk to a UHF radio. Known as the Silo effect, a Fire department operating on a VHF frequency could not talk to a Police department radio using UHF frequencies or (800/900 MHz). A couple of manufactures came out with multi-band radios allowing us to program two or more bands into a single radio. In essence, they packaged multiple radios into single units. Typically, multi-band portable radios sell for $5000-$9000.
FirstNet is up and working now and that gives us more options for Public Safety communictions. A FirstNet capable phone can have 96 talk groups with up to 250 phones per talkgroup for all of your routine...
FirstNet is up and working now and that gives us more options for Public Safety communications. A FirstNet capable phone can have 96 talk groups with up to 250 phones per talk group for all of your communications needs. It can also have talk groups that interface with your existing conventional radio systems. This allows you to hear and talk on your Public Safety radio repeaters through the phones anywhere there is AT&T cellular coverage. (Nationwide Coverage) The sound from these phones is crystal clear and as loud as a typical Public Safety grade portable radio. The Economy of Scale has brought the cost of these phones down to about what you would pay for a replacement battery for your old portable radios.
Check out the iPhone Xs or the Samsung Galaxy S9 for admin folks and the virtually indestructible Sonim XP8 for the Fire Fighters and Police Officers. You can order them through Enterprise Communications with NASPO National Assocication of State Procurement Officers pricing.
AT&T's existing EPTT "Enhanced Push to Talk" system works very well for most Public Safety customers now. For Fire, Police, and Medics, the FirstNet systems are now on line in 2019. We recommend starting with a few FirstNet phones to compare coverage and quality. Only when you hear first hand the clarity and greatly enhanced coverage area, will your fully appreciate the benefits of FirstNet. For larger agencies, we can integrate the FirstNet phones into your existing two way radio system, giving you a redundant path and greatly enhanced coverage area. For smaller agencies with tighter budgets, the FirstNet system may be the only communications system you need.
A Glimpse Of The Business
With over fifty years of experience installing and maintaining electronic equipment from the Military to Public Safety agencies, we know how to do it right. We are happy to install and program your new equipment.
Motorola Quantar Base/Repeaters, Astrotac Receivers, Comparators, Adtran TSU Channel Banks, and Digital Interface Units are just a few of the items we service.
Yes, we can integrate your new FirstNet Phones into your existing Land Mobile Radio Systems.
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