The Exelis Broadband Mobile Incident Communications System (B-MICS) is Global Ku-band satellite communications on-the-move supplying a mobile network for an array of law enforcement and emergency response vehicles.
The safety of officers and service to the community requires timely communication of essential information. Disseminating urgent situation information about critical incident scenes ensures all responders, supervisors, dispatch and command officers share the best and most timely information available.
A strong communications infrastructure ensures the most efficient use of line officer resources. Exelis provides the Broadband Mobile Incident Communications System (B-MICS) satellite terminal as a solution to that need. B-MICS connects remote units via satellite to fill in communication “holes” and “dead spots,” solving communications, supervisory and liability problems that law enforcement agencies have faced with traditional communication systems. B-MICS not only operates beyond the service areas of these traditional systems, but also on-the-move (OTM). The vehicle-mounted system provides communications at highway speeds, on metropolitan streets and over the demanding terrain of rural areas.
B-MICS features a low-profile antenna that offers excellent aerodynamics for operation at top speed and low vehicle overhead clearance. B-MICS uses commercially-available bandwidth on Ku-band satellites, and the antenna provides continuous real-time tracking of such satellites through all vehicle movement. The modular baseband chassis has a small form-factor that fits easily inside the vehicle. It is ruggedized and uses solid-state components for longevity and dependability in all circumstances, including moving at speed over rough terrain.
The B-MICS terminal provides data transfer rates of up to 2 Mbps and uses an open architecture approach to integrate with existing communications systems. Standards-based telephone, computer network and radio interfaces allow B-MICS to communicate across current infrastructures. Such integration enables officers to download and file reports online, share video between on-scene and still-responding units, and disseminate real-time and cached video feeds or data to dispatch and command officers wherever they are.
B-MICS, as a force multiplier, provides the best available solution for law enforcement and emergency responder communication needs.
- On-The Move Ku-Band Terminal – Takes advantage of global satellite coverage to provide network connectivity anywhere, even in motion.
- Internet Anywhere – Surf the web, use Voice over IP, view videos in real-time – even existing server/client applications now reach beyond traditional cell and radio coverage areas whenever and wherever you need them.
- Secure Communications – Supports encryption devices currently in use by military and commercial users.
- Choice of Modem – Both frequency-division multiple access and time-division multiple access modems are available, maximizing bandwidth efficiency and permitting user choice in network topology.
- Radio Extension – Connects mobile and handheld radios to IP networks, providing beyond-line-of-sight communications for teams operating in remote areas.
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Compatible – Integrates with existing telephone systems, including network, landline, and wireless phones.
- Power over Ethernet – 48 volts DC on Ethernet interfaces eases powering user equipment such as VoIP phones and cameras.
- Cameras – Allows viewing of real-time and cached video from dashcam inputs for supervisory or dispatch monitoring of critical incidents.
- Medical First Response – Provides real-time monitoring of patient life signs to the hospital/ER while transport is still en route.
- Frequency Range:
- Commercial Ku-band
- Receive: 10.95 – 11.7 GHz or 11.7 – 12.75 GHz
- Transmit: 14.0 –14.5 GHz
- Maximum Data Rate: Receive: ≥ 2 Mbps, Transmit: ≥ 512 kbps
- Modem Interface: L-band
- Ethernet Interface: 16 port 10/100Base-T/X switch, Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable
- FCC – Part 25, CFR 47 Compliance: Operationally Licensed
- Elevation Angle: 10 to 75 degrees (auto adjusted)
- Azimuth Angle: 360 degrees continuous (auto adjusted)
- Initial Satellite Acquisition & Lock: < 60 seconds, fully automated with integrated GPS
- Satellite Reacquisition: < 1 second, modem dependent
- Tracking on-the-move: At maximum vehicle speeds ≥ 80 mph
- Operational Temperature Range: -13°F to +124°F (-25°C to +51°C)
- Storage Temperature Range: -60°F to +158°F (-51°C to +70°C)
- Power Requirements: 10-36 VDC input operates off commercial or NATO vehicle power/ 120 VAC input
- Power Consumption:
- ≤ 20 Watts (antenna)
- ≤ 25 Watts (block upconverter amplifier)
- Antenna Dimensions: 24 in L x 22 in W x 8 in H (60 cm L x 55 cm W x 20 cm H)
- Antenna Weight (with BUC): 18 lbs (8 kg)
- Antenna Color: Gray (other colors available, including Desert Tan)
- Baseband Chassis Dimensions: 17.75 in W x 13.75 in D x 13.5 in H (45.1 cm W x 35 cm D x 34.3 cm H)
- Baseband Chassis Weight: 55.8 lbs (25.3 kg)
- Baseband Chassis Color: Desert Tan
The standard B-MICS system includes the small antenna and an external 4-Watt block upconverter amplifier as specified above. Other options are available if greater transmit data capacity is desired for applications such as command post operations.
- Higher power external block upconverter amplifiers can be purchased for use with the small B-MICS antenna.
- Larger B-MICS antennas are available which include an internal 20-Watt block upconverter amplifier. The larger antennas require additional power to operate.