TRX Systems Awarded DHS S&T Research Contract for Public Safety In-Building Coverage Analysis Solution

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DHS award supports the development of a solution to simultaneously measure and map LMR and FirstNet network’s service availability inside vital and institutional buildings.

TRX Systems, developer of NEON® Indoor Location Solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) research contract to deliver an In-building Coverage and Analysis System (ICAS) using a first responder's radio and smartphone. The proposed ICAS solution enables simultaneous LMR and LTE coverage characterization that works with existing end-user LMR and FirstNet LTE devices, enables data gathering by minimally trained personnel and provides an easy-to-use interface with a 3D signal map visualization. The solution will quickly inform public safety users about wireless service availability within a building and in other GPS-denied areas and enable the easy identification of communication coverage gaps within specific buildings and across a total service area.

TRX Systems was selected by the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to address specific homeland security technology needs and fill gaps in first responder technology. The SBIR program is focused on near-term commercialization and delivery of operational prototypes to federal, state and local emergency responders as well as to internal DHS entities. TRX will receive funding during Phase 1 of the SBIR program to develop, demonstrate, and report results for a prototype ICAS solution. The potential subsequent phases will add the required functionality, hardening, and scalability to make the ICAS solution operational across the public safety community.

“First responders often work indoors, underground, and in other areas where communications are not reliable, so constant situational awareness is difficult to maintain,” said Jeff Kunst, Vice President of Product at TRX Systems. “This DHS S&T award will advance technology to collect the needed data while also making the coverage information and 3D maps more accessible to first responders during operations.”

About TRX Systems

TRX Systems is the developer of NEON GPS-denied location solutions, delivering location, mapping, and proximity solutions where GPS is not available or is unreliable including indoors, underground, in dense urban areas, and where GPS is jammed or erroneous. NEON delivers ubiquitous, low-cost, GPS-denied location through the use of advanced sensor fusion, ranging, and patented dynamic mapping algorithms. NEON location technology provides the foundation for a number of commercial applications, including NEON Personnel Tracker and NEON Signal Mapper.

TRX's indoor location software development has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Army, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For more information, visit http://www.trxsystems.com.

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