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Exalt Backhauls Emergency Communications for Houston County, Minnesota

Exalt microwave backhaul system connects new dispatch center to statewide interoperable emergency response network

CAMPBELL, Calif. — September 19, 2012 — Exalt Communications today announced that Houston County, MN is using an Exalt microwave backhaul system to connect all of the county’s public safety radio communications. The system connects Houston County to Minnesota’s Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER), the interoperable emergency communications network that links agencies, local governments, and first-responders throughout the state. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office headed up the project, and the selection of Exalt saved significant costs for the county.

Houston County shares a border with both Wisconsin and Iowa, and is comprised of seven cities and 17 townships. The sheriff’s office designed a radio dispatch center as part of the newly-built Houston County Justice Center, upgrading dispatch radios to a digital P25 land-mobile radio (LMR) system that connects emergency services for the county. Exalt systems backhaul digital radio traffic between the dispatch center and the county’s tower site, where Exalt also connects to Minnesota’s statewide ARMER network. Working with Exalt partner Calhoun Communications of Sioux City, Iowa, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office deployed the Exalt 11 GHz backhaul system.

“We built the new Houston County Justice Center to improve the safety, security, and mobility of our first-responders and citizens. Exalt provided a straightforward solution that helped us achieve these goals,” said Chief Deputy Scott Yeiter of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. “This was our first foray into microwave networking, as part of joining ARMER, and Exalt’s equipment has performed flawlessly since the installation was finished.”

“The challenges of building highly reliable public safety networks increase when interoperability becomes a chief requirement, but we designed Exalt systems with native support for both IP and TDM, enabling public safety agencies to match system requirements over time, whether their networks include legacy systems or those built on new technology,” said Mark Davis, Exalt senior director of product marketing. “Our systems also offer a number of security options including 256-bit AES encryption, to enable ultra-secure transmission in a range of frequencies.”

About Exalt Communications
Exalt Communications provides next-generation microwave backhaul systems to mobile operators, service providers, government agencies, and enterprises worldwide. Exalt systems are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP-based voice, data, and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks. With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of microwave backhaul systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines.

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