STACS® – Provides more functionality, in less time


Tactical Man-Portable 200PP

  • Setup is under 10 minutes.
  • Total weight with carrying case under 20 LBS.

Command Land 200VP

  • Interoperable Communications starts before you leave the parking lot to reach the scene, and can be mounted in any vehicle.
  • Total weight less than 30 lbs.
  • Permanent or Portable vehicle mounts available.
  • You provide the transportation, we provide communications.


Current Military Solution

National Guard Contingency Response Communications System (CRCS)

  • 15-30 minutes to set up, limited users.

The Contingency Response Communications System (CRCS)

  • one piece of next generation equipment in the 126 Communication Flight’s arsenal of weapons in the battle for reliable                        emergency communications.
  • an Internet Protocol (IP) based agency-neutral solution that allows first responders to communicate and exchange information         with radio interoperability, live streaming video, wireless Internet, and VoIP (voice over IP) services.
STACS® Software Defined Network and Hardware components solve the challenges identified in this document. We used the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum below for guidance as we developed and evolved our STACS® technology.

SAFECOM Interoperability


PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To test interoperability within and between a municipality (Sierra Vista, Arizona), a county (Cochise County), the state EOC (Arizona), FEMA (MERS, Texas) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM).


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The State of Arizona, Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) participated in the Department of Defense Interoperability Exercise (DICE) on 9-11 June, 2009.


The exercise was coordinated by the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This field training exercise was designed to test all levels of interoperability from first responders and toNORTHCOM which provides defense support to civil authorities (DSCA).


DICE provides opportunity to test equipment, refine techniques, and practice procedures for communicating with federal, state, tribal, County, and city stakeholders. This year, the participants were USNORTHCOM, South Carolina National Guard, Texas National Guard and Arizona. Arizona was hosted by the Joint Interoperability.


Test Center (JITC) at Ft Huachuca.


DICE 09 included a simulated hurricane on east coast, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive events (CBRNE). In Arizona, the Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) included severe rainfall and flooding resulting in waste pollution threatening the water supply of several cities and towns in southeastern Arizona. In addition, a pipe bomb exploded in a chlorine tank and a small nuclear device was detonated at the Douglas Wal-Mart which compromised the border crossing between the United States and Mexico.


The challenge for ADEM was (1) operating all EOC operations from the communications vehicle (Bullfrog), (2) responding to requests made by Cochise County and (3) communicating our requests to FEMA. Most of these goals were accomplished.


The STACS unit (Smart Tactical Advanced Communication System) worked very well. We used the EVDO all of day 2. The unit was located outside the Bullfrog and in full sun, ambient temperature of 96oF, 36oC. We disabled the EVDO for a short time forcing the unit to shift to INMARSAT BGAN satellite. After a very short delay, operations continued without interruption. One of our STACS units will be assigned to the Bullfrog and will become organic to that vehicle. Other ADEM STACS units will be deployed regionally within the state.


Submitted by: Dr. Jerry Justus, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs