Codan and By Light to provide resilient HF radio network for US Department of Veterans Affairs
Rochester, New York, USA — 11 May 2015. Codan Radio Communications in partnership with By Light Professional IT Services, has announced the recent contract offer from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the implementation of their national emergency High Frequency Radio Network.
The new high frequency radio network will provide the department of Veterans Affairs with a last-resort communications system. The innovative new system aims to improve response efforts and guarantee VA facilities and services do not become isolated in the event of a disaster.
The pressing need for a resilient HF radio network which utilized the latest communication technologies was identified by Veteran Affairs in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hurricane Sandy, along with previous hurricane and natural disaster events disrupted regular communication networks and hindered the department’s ability to provide much needed support and healthcare services to veteran recipients in an efficient and effective manner.
The national VA high frequency network will make use of Codan’s Envoy HF smart radio system, which provides leading software defined radio and advanced IP capabilities in Base and Mobile configurations. The Envoy high frequency smart radio also features an icon-based color user interface, GPS and high speed data functionality, while also giving users the ability to download additional capabilities through software updates for future flexibility.
“Codan and By Light are honored to provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with a resilient and reliable HF radio network that uses the most advanced commercial HF technology to ensure that no matter the situation or emergency, VA will always have the ability to communicate” Executive General Manager of Codan Radio, Paul McCarter explained.
Under the contract, Codan will support By Light in the furnish, install, test, certification and training of a fully functional turnkey resilient HF radio network.