Rockwell Collins’ ARINC UrgentLink disaster communications network supports annual 120-mile Baker to Vegas race

Baker to Vegas run

Law enforcement officers from around the United States and the world came together recently to compete in the Baker to Vegas race (B2V). The annual event involves police organizations forming relay teams to run the 120-mile, 20-stage course from Baker, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Click to enlarge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 5, 2017) - Law enforcement officers from around the United States and the world came together recently to compete in the Baker to Vegas race (B2V). The annual event involves police organizations forming relay teams to run the 120-mile, 20-stage course from Baker, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada.

To support participants, race officials used Rockwell Collins’ ARINC UrgentLink™, the first national public safety communications network that enables critical communications when traditional networks are damaged, destroyed or unavailable. ARINC UrgentLink 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 some extremely challenging terrain, including running through the Mojave Valley desert and up steep inclines totaling more than 5400 feet. The ARINC UrgentLink 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.

The ARINC UrgentLink network uses Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed radio frequencies specifically authorized for use when normal communications are not available and Rockwell Collins’ proprietary High Frequency (HF) technology. The UrgentLink network removes the complexities that affect the reliability of traditional HF radio communications, such as time of day, ionospheric fluctuations, sunspot and frequency selection.

“ARINC UrgentLink provides beyond line of sight capabilities, so it can enable communications when and where many traditional networks cannot,” said Ken Schreder, vice president, Strategic Programs, Information Management Services at Rockwell Collins. “In a situation like B2V, where participants are dealing with demanding physical challenges and some dramatic weather fluctuations, the ability to get medical assistance could mean the difference between life and death.”

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