SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESChat today confirmed it is providing mission critical broadband Push-to-Talk (PTT) communication for law enforcement and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) crews across multiple states including Washington, New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. This expanded service is a direct result of the COVID-19 emergency, and incremental to the standard level of PTT communication service ESChat provides throughout the year to public safety agencies.
Used by the US Military, as well as federal, state, local and commercial first responder agencies, ESChat is a cellular based broadband PTT communication service that provides a traditional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) 'like' experience without the geographical restrictions of LMR networks. ESChat is often integrated with LMR networks providing a hybrid communication environment where users on LMR radios and ESChat enabled smartphones can communicate with each other. ESChat is a FirstNet Certified™ solution and is also approved for U.S. military operational use by the Defense Information Systems Agency ("DISA").
ESChat supplies PTT service to seven Executive Departments within the federal government, and numerous agencies operating within these Departments. As a provider of PTT service to federal first responders and their contractors, ESChat typically sees expanded use during declarations of disaster. In recent years, ESChat has been used during hurricane responses in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and other gulf states.
"We are humbled to be the provider of communication services to a team of professionals who risk their own safety supporting those in need." said Josh Lober, President/CEO for ESChat. "Our customers are true professionals, and we provide one piece as part of a complex operation that involves constant planning and training. This is a high level of responsibility not lost on our team, as reliable communication is a critical component to mission success."
ESChat offers a sixty (60) day free trial to public safety agencies, including functionality to interconnect ESChat with their LMR radio network. Government agencies can purchase ESChat's subscription service at the GSA price of $4.57 per user per month.
ESChat (www.eschat.com) is the leading solution for carrier independent Secure Push to Talk (PTT) over LTE communications. ESChat includes AES-256 encrypted PTT voice and multimedia (text and image) messaging. ESChat also provides live and historical (bread crumb) tracking and mapping. ESChat is approved for U.S. military operational use by the Defense Information Systems Agency ("DISA"). ESChat is a FirstNet Certified™ solution, and enhanced by Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption ("QPP") available to FirstNet subscribers. ESChat also supports Quality of Service ("QoS") and RAN priority enhancements on the Verizon Wireless and AT&T commercial networks.
Used by all branches of the U.S. Military, as well as federal, state and local public safety agencies, ESChat is able to operate over and across any wireless network, including all commercial carriers, private 3G/4G/5G networks and WiFi. ESChat supports standards-based interoperability with LMR radio networks, including P25 via the native Inter RF Subsystem Interface ("ISSI") protocol and DMR via the native Inter Application Interface Specification ("AIS") protocol. ESChat also supports interoperability via RoIP to all LMR radio networks, regardless of radio technology or operating frequency band.
For more information, please visit www.eschat.com.