Benefits delivered by Mutualink
Purpose Built Technologies
Tested & Approved
1 Agnostic Connectivity
Mutualink is network and device agnostic, so each agency can securely communicate using legacy assets while transitioning to newer technologies with everything working seamlessly, and all the while, connect to the IRAPP network via 4G LTE, public safety broadband, fibre, landline or satellite or operate in an out-of-band disconnected mode.
2 Bridges Silos
Communication silos serve a purpose in public safety and private security for reasons of privacy. One drawback, however, is that they prevent seamless communication at times when agencies need collaborate to resolve an incident.
The Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) network is comprised of participants from public safety, private enterprise and critical infrastructure entities who have a need to collaborate, while desiring to maintain sovereign control over their communication assets.
In these cases, individual’s silos can be overcome on an ad hoc basis with a distributed peer-to-peer IP-based network. Gateways bridge radio, video and data assets so that information and communications can be shared with select agencies as needed in an invitation-based environment.
Often, different agencies within a community are called on to resolve incidents together. In these cases, one agency’s information may benefit other responding agencies. Sharing this information in real-time can significantly improve outcomes. The type of media shared by each agency may vary (e.g. fire and rescue may only share their radio communications with others; the university / school may have radio, video and intercom) but with Mutualink’s solutions, each agency or group can receive media from other agencies or groups (e.g. fire and rescue can receive video shared from the university / school or security company). In this way, each group has situational awareness without the need to swap radios or execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Multi-City Cross-Border Overview
Complex incidents go across jurisdictional boundaries and sometimes require response from local, state and federal agencies. Mutualink’s secure peer-to-peer Internet Protocol (IP) Network eliminates the need for a central “switch or media server” , so each agency controls what, when and with whom to share.
3 Purpose Built Technologies
Public Safety Agencies (PSAs) need a variety of information in real time – voice, video and data – to effectively resolve incidents. This information is enabled by Network Interface Controllers (NICs) which can be securely and selectively shared over the Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) as needed.
RNIC – Radio Network Interface Controller
INIC – Intercom Network Interface Controller
VNIC – Video Network Interface Controller
TNIC – Telephone Network Interface Controller
EDGE – iOS, Android and Windows Mobile Devices
IWS – Interoperable Workstation Console
Our Interoperable Workstation (IWS) serves two primary functions: to be the point of communication between entities on the Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) network for voice, text and sharing of data files, and to be a control point by which resources may be contributed to incidents.
4 Provides Sovereignty
Mutualink enables the secure sharing of communication and data content among PSAs and NGOs. Mutualink simply places radio, video and data media onto whatever wired or wireless IP connectivity exists, secures it and enables it to be shared within and outside that organization. Mutualink ensures sovereignty of the network participants; no other agency can reach in and access media that is not theirs. The security in the architecture eliminates outside threats to the content.
5 Low Cost
Mutualink would be a vital part of any future Public Safety Mobile Broadband (PSMB) deployment. All PSAs could gain immediate access with a low-lift requirement, eventually NGOs will also gain access with the same lift. All partners using Mutualink services will be able to operate legacy radio, phone and video systems not native to a PSMB network. Current back haul infrastructure can also stay in place providing immediate mission critical collaboration.
6 Highest Security
Mutualink provides state of the art security. All communications, voice, data and video is encrypted. Encryption is dynamically generated for each communications session instance. The session key is distributed securely to participating endpoints for the session, and periodically re keyed during the session.
7 Tested & Approved
Tested, deployed, and in operation, Mutualink is providing advanced real-time situational awareness and seamless communications within, between and among federal, state and local agencies.
Safety Act Designated. Safety Act Certified.
The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections.
In October 2015, following a rigorous review process, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Mutualink technology under the Safety Act. DHS further awarded Mutualink its highest level of protection as a Safety Act certified technology. Both the designation and certification expire on October 31, 2020.