Mutualink Architecture

From a system architecture viewpoint, Mutualink is comprised of three primary components.





1. The Mutualink Interop Network

The Mutualink Interop Network is a ground breaking method of connectivity.

The Network operates in a peer to peer environment that can be accessed via dedicated or virtual connections.  The plug and play structure of the Network eliminates complex and expensive configurations.

Entities joining the Mutualink Interop Network are “automatically discovered” by all existing Network participants.  Network participants make the determination whether to include new Mutualink subscribers in their visible list of Network peers. Additionally, Network participants can search the directory by geography and entity type developing communities of similar agencies.

Communications on the secure Mutualink Network are end-to-end encrypted using federally approved AES ciphers and are mutually authenticated using standards-based public-key cryptography.





2. The Interoperability WorkStation (IWS)

The Interoperability WorkStation serves two primary functions, it is the point of communication between entities on the Network for voice, text and sharing of data files, it is also the control point by which resources may be contributed to incidents. The Interoperability WorkStation allows users to communicate in several distinct methods, “Intercom” allows communications between Interoperability WorkStations during an incident, “Transmit” broadcasts to radio and other resources participating in incidents and IWS users can text message and share video feeds and data files with other incident participants.

Additionally, portable configurations of the Interoperability WorkStation can be moved, at any time, to pre-determined destinations with qualified broadband access, providing users with back up dispatch capabilities.

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3.  The Network Interface Controller (NIC)

The NIC is a proprietary edge device that enables ad hoc integration of communication devices including:

Radio Resources


The R-NIC integrates with radios at all frequency ranges (UHF, VHF, 800MHz, etc.) and broadcast protocols whether conventional or trunked, analog or digital.   Additionally, the R-NIC interfaces with Nextel and other push to talk wireless networks.
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Intercom and Public Address Systems



Connecting PA and intercom systems in schools and other places of massed assembly using the I-NIC allows first responders and other Network participants to broadcast and receive important messages.
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Public Switched Telephone Network



The T-NIC allows telephone callers to participate in incidents on both an inbound and outbound basis.
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Video Feeds



The V-NIC may be interfaced with a remote video camera allowing that feed to be shared among users.
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