RIOS Specifications

The following section outlines the RIOS specifications of all RIOS gateways as well as the add-on specifications for the  AI or SuperRIB classifications of RIOS gateways.

General RIOS Gateway Specifications

The RIOS functional specifications are as follows:

  1. The interoperability gateway offers (select one) 6, 8, 16 or ___ (multiples of 16) input channels for radio entry points.
  2. The interoperability gateway offers the ability to interface radios, computers, IP video feeds and smartphones within a common multi-user interface.
  3. The interoperability gateway features independent node replication and does not require a centralized server or services to make, break or manage multi-node connections.
  4. The interoperability gateway features the ability to break patches even when the systems are disconnected or loses network connection.
  5. The interoperability gateway shall be assigned a unique server identification number.
  6. The interoperability gateway features 26-pin voice and data interface ports for radio connections while offering remote radio control for select mobile radio models.
  7. The interoperability gateway features unlimited gateway scalability. The base system has the ability to add any number of input channels or IP connections.
  8. The interoperability gateway features an activity log with the ability to double-click on a transmission for instant recall.
  9. The interoperability gateway features an unlimited number of simultaneous communications, cross connects, or patches based on the number of assets connected.
  10. The interoperability gateway features the ability to create pre-set groups and radio configurations. When selected by the user, the gateway recreates the groups and radio configurations.
  11. The interoperability gateway features the ability to interface to remote communications radios at towers using standard tone remote control tones with tone control hardware options.
  12. The interoperability gateway features the ability to offer remote control tones that are user selectable. Controls will be user selectable by audio frequency, tone(s) duration, sequence of multi tones and tone level output. Remote control tones will be capable of outputting audio levels that will key the remote transmitter.
  13. The interoperability gateway features the ability to support all conventional radios, HF, VHF, UHF, 700/800 MHz trunking, conventional and military radios.
  14. The interoperability gateway features a simple to learn GUI with touch screen design.
  15. The interoperability gateway features the ability to configure patches with simple to use cluster groups.
  16. The interoperability gateway allows the user to create patches by selection of repeater tower locations or radio gateways.
  17. The interoperability gateway offers the ability to configure a port via predefined software profiles.
  18. The interoperability gateway features the ability to save all settings on a channel-by-channel basis.
  19. The interoperability gateway features the ability to configure channels on the fly with no impact to any other channels.
  20. The system offers the ability to set up major user types including (1) System Administrator, (2) Dispatcher and (3) User. Users maybe assigned rights and privileges regarding which functions maybe performed by the user.
  21. The interoperability gateway features the ability to store and forward audio to account for delays within a trunking radio system.
  22. The interoperability gateway features the ability to allow all channels (radio select chassis) to interface with the “ready” and “transmit” handshakes with trunking radios.
  23. The interoperability gateway features the ability to interface with Nextel PTT radios. Remote users with Nextel PTT phones can communicate seamlessly with any gateway channel set up to network with the radio system.
  24. The interoperability gateway offers full control from a remote client station with the ability to perform all system administrator or dispatcher functions from client stations.
  25. The interoperability gateway features the ability to log-in multiple users within a shared workspace (optional computer ports). All users see elements created and affected by users within the system.
  26. The interoperability gateway features the ability to communicate via TCP/IP protocols.
  27. The interoperability gateway offers the ability for remote client stations to control all radio functions available from the connected radio front panel, e.g. frequency, power levels, channels, zones, scan, talk-around, etc. This capability is available assuming the radio has a computer control capability.
  28. The interoperability gateway features the ability to create “Dispatch Groups”. The dispatcher can communicate with all radios, phones or computer terminals connected through the gateways by PTT a single on-screen element whereas all assets within the group remain operationally independent and do not hear cross connects. The members of the dispatch group may transmit to the dispatcher directly. Other members of the dispatch group may not listen to communications between the dispatcher and the individual members. The dispatcher function shall allow for frequency and transmit control of the radios.
  29. The interoperability gateway features the ability to establish “Private” connections between any gateway channels.  Private connections act as nested groups and allow communications only between the gateway channels connected in private.
  30. The interoperability gateway features the ability to place radio entry points in both “Talk Groups” and “Private”. When the gateway is connected in both modes, the operator may listen to both the normal Talk Group and the Private connection.  Other members of the Talk Group may not listen to any communications in the private mode.
  31. The interoperability gateway features the ability for remote users to control or communicate with the radio subsystem server via TCP/IP wired or wireless network using RIOS client software.  Remote users can perform all functions (i.e., make/break connections, start recording, etc.) as if they were physically located at the server.
  32. The interoperability gateway features the ability to select the priority of the “listen to” radio entry point. The priority may be changed in real time by the dispatcher with no impact on switch operations.
  33. The interoperability gateway features the ability to be connected using a remote IP connection, e.g., VPN using the Internet (with optional VPN set up and router).
  34. The interoperability gateway features the ability to be connected using an IP network to form a Radio Wide Area Network (RWAN). The RWAN will allow the user to select which gateways are allowed to participate in the radio wide area network. Selection of the gateways servers will be done simply by adding from a drop down list. Upon selecting the gateway assets to participate in the RWAN, the selected servers will appear in the shared RWAN “workspace”.
  35. The interoperability gateway features the ability to display to RWAN sites in selectable colors indicating a RWAN gateway. Assets from that location will be color-coded once connected in the shared workspace
  36. The interoperability gateway features the ability to control RWAN connections using site permission individual to each asset. Site permission shall include the ability to protect (1) patching right and (2) monitoring right from the remote gateway.
  37. The interoperability gateway features the ability to create “chat groups” by the selection of the computer station icon. Chat groups are defined as multiuser capable text messages with the gateway interface.
  38. The interoperability gateway features the ability to allow for the connection of a wireless router (802.11x). Remote client stations may be connected using the wireless communications system.
  39. The interoperability gateway features client software that can monitor in mono and stereo mode.
  40. The interoperability gateway features audio channels with individual volume controls.
  41. The interoperability gateway features the ability to communicate with P25 compliant radios.

Model Specific Specifications 

The specifications below are specific to each model of RIOS Gateway. This is a ONE OR THE OTHER selection depending on the desired application of the gateway. Please select one and only one.

RIOS AI Series Gateway Servers

(Includes Fixed Site and Mobile Command Packages)

  1. The interoperability gateway features the ability to configure each physical port as a radio or PSTN connection. The user can select  to interchange the port functionality without effecting the physical hardware of the system.
  2. The interoperability gateway features the ability to remotely control the system via DTMF tones.
  3. The interoperability gateway features options for integrated rack mountable patch panel.

RIOS SuperRIB Series Gateways

(Includes TAC2 and Six-Port Models)

  1. The interoperability gateway features an all-in-one design including gateway chassis, controller device, power management, router and lithium ion battery pack with LED status reading.
  2. The interoperability gateway is FAA-compliant within a single Pelican iM2500 Storm Case or equivalent.
  3. The interoperability gateway includes touchscreen, daylight-readable class controller device.
  4. The interoperability gateway weighs no more than 32 pounds including gateway controller and battery.
  5. The interoperability gateway allows for DC power with positive locking power cable.