IAI, Carbyne introduce '911 Ultra-EN' emergency communications network

The two companies roll out an autonomous communications platform that enables first responders and civilians to stay connected to each other under circumstances such as blackouts and natural disasters  

Erez Tsur (R), President of Carbyne, and Adi Dulberg, IAI-ELTA VP and GM Intelligence, Communications and EW Division. Photo: IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said Wednesday that its ELTA Systems division and public safety technology company Carbyne are introducing "911 Ultra-EN", an emergency network enabling first responders and civilians to stay connected during disasters and blackouts. The network allows the relevant government agencies to overcome the breakdown of communication networks by immediately deploying next-generation 911 services. 

During large-scale crises that cause operational failures in communications networks, 911 Ultra-EN provides mobile phone subscribers with network coverage to access rescue services and provide their location. IAI and Carbyne co-developed the 911 Ultra-EN as an innovative solution that activates an alternative private cloud-based cellular network to reconnect users in disaster areas with emergency services, as well as wideband data communications, when it matters most, IAI said.  

While commercial networks play a crucial role in large-scale alert solutions, circumstantial vulnerabilities can impact their capability to facilitate emergency communications, and hinder their ability to save lives. But 911 Ultra-EN guarantees connectivity directly to the users' mobile devices during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, terrorist attacks, and other situations that can compromise commercial cellular networks’ functionality, according to the company.  

The 911 Ultra-EN is capable of locating trapped individuals as well as providing a secure network for first responders. The network combines solutions such as ELTA’s RescueCell, a secure and autonomous dedicated communication network, and IAI's RES-Q-CELL, a cellular geo-location system, with Carbyne’s NG 9-1-1 technology for the delivery of rich data services including dynamic device-based location, live video streaming, instant chat and real-time analytics. The system dramatically improves the first responder’s situational awareness, and establishes communication channels where they are most needed, IAI said. 

One of the 911-Ultra EN’s crucial benefits is that it requires no app or pre-registration by the user. In establishing the autonomous network, Carbyne’s and IAI technology provides mobile phones with live connectivity, independent of other apps or services.

Adi Dulberg, IAI-ELTA VP and GM Intelligence, Communications and EW Division, said "This development – made possible through close collaboration between IAI and Carbyne – enables a timely emergency response in any circumstance imaginable. The public can now feel confident in the ability to stay connected at all times, more important now than ever before."

Amir Elichai, CEO and founder of Carbyne, said "Time is the greatest asset in any emergency situation, and lives lost are the price we pay when emergency response communications are interrupted. It is not inevitable to lose network connectivity during large scale disastrous conditions. Sometimes governments do not plan for these scenarios. But, they happen all around us. And when they do, the availability of an autonomous network is critical."

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