Network Switching and Management


The MBC-100 is a Mobile Broadband Client providing up to 18 Mbps of service for high bandwidth data access over 700 MHz LTE networks in a compact and rugged enclosure suitable for a variety of in-vehicle mounting options. Using the MBC-100, first responders access streaming video feeds and online databases to provide invaluable information when traveling to, or at the scene of incident, as well as access mobile productivity applications from the field.

  • 700 MHz Band 14
  • Channel Size 5 MHz or 10 MHz (Transmit & Receive)

Interoperability Gateway

The Interoperability Gateway is a multi-channel analog voice interface for OpenSky, NetworkFirst, and Project 25 (Phase 1 and Phase 2) packet-switched digital networks. The modular design supports up to 12 audio channels and is used to connect existing analog equipment, such as consoles and analog voice base stations, to the Internet Protocol (IP) digital network.

Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) Gateway

The Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) Gateway provides TIA-standardized network-level communication between P25 radio systems, regardless of system manufacturer and allows authorized radios to roam between P25 systems while preventing ID overlaps by assigning temporary unit and group IDs to roaming users.

In a VIDA Enterprise system, the ISSI Gateway is deployed on its own server. In VIDA Foundation and VIDA Premier Systems it runs as an application on the VIDA Application Server (VAS).

Network Switching Center (NSC)

IP-based switching and management

The Harris Network Switching Center is a single VIDA® platform that manages the routing of voice and data to mobile subscribers using OpenSky®, P25 (Phase 1 and Phase 2), BeOn® and NetworkFirstTM technologies.

The NSC supports several configurations to suit a wide range of customer needs:

VIDA Console Exchange (VCE)

Specialized dispatch switching center

The Harris VCE enhances the flexibility, efficiency and economy of the VIDA dispatch solutions. The VCE can operate as a stand-alone switch for conventional systems or as an extension to a VIDA network. The main VCE connects between 2 and 12 conventional channels, while optional remote gateway units can expand the capacity to 24 conventional channels.

The VCE is comprised of a VIDA Application Server (VAS), Standard LAN/Wan networking equipment, and an Interoperability Gateway.

The Network Switching Server (NSS) application routes calls to and from each voice group or mobile data user on a real-time basis.

An Interoperability Gateway which provides connection points to analog devices can be centrally located with the VCE equipment.

VIDA Device Manager

The VIDA Device Manager provides centralized management and control for updating device software, editing personalities within Harris NetworkFirst™, P25IP, and EDACSIPradio systems and subscriber unit configurations within OpenSky® and managing device information

VIDA Telephone Interconnect (VTI)

VIDA Telephone Interconnect (VTI) permits OpenSky® and P25IP radio users to make and receive PSTN calls, supports up to 30 concurrent telephone interconnect calls and provides the convenience of a telephone system while retaining critical communication radio features. The VTI is deployed inside a Network Switching Center.

In a VIDA Enterprise system, VTI is deployed on its own server. In VIDA Foundation and Premier systems, it runs as an application on the VIDA Application Server (VAS).

VIDA Transcoder

The VIDA Transcoder is a network product that uses standard off-the-shelf components and sophisticated digital voice coding software to allow customers to deploy a VIDA network using multiple air interfaces and digital voice formats The VIDA Transcoder supports design flexibility in providing best available audio quality to dispatcher and delivers a high-throughput, server-based design.

The VIDA Transcoder supports OpenSky® P25 Phase 1 and Phase 2 as well as the ADPCM vocoder. It is key to supporting Harris’ Enhances Dynamic Dual Mode technology for customers requiring simultaneous support for Phase 1 and Phase 2 operations.

In a VIDA Enterprise system, the VIDA Transcoder is deployed on its own server. In VIDA Foundation and VIDA Premier Systems it runs as an application on the VIDA Application Server (VAS).

Regional VIDA Manager (RVM)

A centralized point for network management

Combining the Regional Network Manager (RNM) and the Unified Administration System (UAS), the Regional VIDA Manager provides a single point of access for the management and administrative tasks of a VIDA network.

  • Access to the Regional Network Manager and the Unified Administration System
  • A consolidated point for monitoring the health and performance of VIDA network components
  • A centralized point from which the network is provisioned

VIDA Network Management (VNM)

Monitor network performance

The Centralized Network Manager application provides users with powerful tools that facilitate effective management of an OpenSky®, NetworkFirst™, and/or Project 25 (Harris’ P25IP) digital packet-switched network spanning multiple regions, each of which is managed by a Regional Network Manager (RNM) application.

  • The Centralized Network Manager (CNM) is the consolidated point for viewing and monitoring the performance of networks with multiple Network Switching Servers
  • The Regional Network Manager application provides similar tools for a single region VIDA System
  • Both Network Managers provide a suite of powerful tools for comprehensive reporting and management of network status, fault, performance, and configuration management
  • Both Network Managers includes a user-friendly graphical user interface for network operations

EDACS IP Gateway

The (EDACS) IP Gateway to compatibility and interoperability

The Enhanced Digital Access Communications System (EDACS) IP Gateway connects an existing EDACS network to an OpenSky®, NetworkFirst® or P25IP system.

  • Supports up to 24 talkpaths
  • Group calls between OpenSky, NetworkFirst, or P25 IP and EDACS (in both directions)
  • Individual calls
  • Caller ID
  • Talkgroup patch and Simulselect
  • Patch/SS active indicators between consoles
  • Group Busy indicators between consoles
  • Emergency calls