Law enforcement officers from around the United States and the world competed in the Baker to Vegas (B2V) race March 17 – 18. The annual event involves police organizations forming relay teams to run the 120-mile, 20-stage course from Baker, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada.EWA Questions SMR Applications with Numerous Channels, IoT Services
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To support participants, race officials used Rockwell Collins’ ARINC UrgentLink, a national public-safety communications network that enables critical communications when traditional networks are damaged, destroyed or unavailable. ARINC radios were deployed at several stages of the course, as well as the race’s medical base to provide a direct connection to the Rockwell Collins operations center, where a radio call can be patched to any phone, providing connections to various hospitals should medical transport be required.
Much of the B2V race passes through areas where no mobile phone service or normal radio systems are available and participants cover extremely challenging terrain, including running through the Mojave Valley desert and up steep inclines totaling more than 5,400 feet. The service enables doctors at various stages of the race to contact local hospitals so they can address any medical issues that might arise during this grueling event.
UrgentLink uses FCC licensed radio frequencies specifically authorized for use when normal communications are not available and Rockwell Collins’ proprietary high frequency (HF) technology. The network removes the complexities that affect the reliability of traditional HF radio communications, such as time of day, ionospheric fluctuations, sunspots and frequency selection.