Capabilities-at-a-Glance

In addition to the Avtec RIC-M's extensive compatibility, the following capabilities are included:

Capability Description
Analog Voice (4 Wire E&M) Supports analog operation through a four-wire audio connection with E&M signaling to a Quantar station. An analog cable is available for purchase.
Autonomous Mode (Leased Line Replacement Mode) Uses two RIC-M units back to back to replace leased lines with IP. Works without the need for a dispatch console .
Conventional Motorola ASTRO™ Connectivity Connects to a conventional Motorola ASTRO system in a variety of ways primarily using V.24 synchronous serial interface providing a standard fixed station interface.
Conventional Control and Signaling (TSBKs)

Interfaces with radios that perform the following TSBK commands:

  • Radio Check
  • Call Alert
  • Status Request
  • Radio Monitor
  • Radio Disable
  • Radio Enable
Authenticated remote firmware update via Internet Protocol Allows the user to update the RIC-M firmware over IP from a different physical location.
Independent IP addresses for control, voice, and data Allows control, voice, and data to be divided and processed among different devices.
Internet Protocol via Internet, intranet, satellite, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) IP can be transmitted through several avenues.
Link delay discovery for IP leased line replacement The ASTRO-TAC™ comparator sends a ping to discover the audio delay between the comparator and radio site. RIC-M is now able to tunnel that ping over the IP link and support the feature.
Project 25 Digital Voice (encrypted and unencrypted) Supports base stations and equipment that use AES or DES encrypted or unencrypted P25 digital voice. Radio systems that use encryption encode messages to protect the confidentiality of messages. Only authorized parties can talk or listen to the encrypted message. Unencrypted messages are not encoded.
Project 25 Data (confirmed and unconfirmed) Supports radios and base stations that use confirmed and unconfirmed data. Confirmed data can be resent if there is not a confirmed handshake between sender and receiver. Unconfirmed data is sent regardless of a handshake, with or without errors.
Remote control of the base station channel and operating mode (Control Mode) Allows the user to configure a RIC-M unit in Control Mode which enables the RIC-M to change the frequency or mode of the base station (base station or repeater). It also allows the user to set Monitor Mode on the base station.
Remote setup via Internet Protocol (IP) Allows the user to set up a RIC-M unit over IP from a different physical location via an easy to use web-based interface. User ID and password protection is employed.
Site number discovery Allows the RIC-M to automatically discover the site number of the attached radio base station and pass that site information to the ASTRO-TAC™ comparator without requiring a specific configuration of the comparator site number.
Virtual COM port for remote Radio Service Software (RSS) application via Internet Protocol Using the virtual com port, a maintainer can use their local RSS software to remotely configure their base station/repeater
Web- based setup and monitoring Easily interfaces with a console system (Avtec, Zetron, Moducom, etc) using standard P25 DFSI protocol.