Quintron Systems Inc., Santa Maria, Calif., supplier of advanced interoperable voice systems and physical access control/intrusion detection systems, announced two new major contract awards for its DICES communications equipment.
The first is a new award following a competitive selection process by ATAMIR working on behalf of the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) Systems Engineering Directorate. This award is for a DICES VoIP system solution and will be the first major new IP-based system introduced onto the Test Support Network installed at WSMR during the last three years. Total system size will include several hundred user stations upon final build-out, but an incremental phase-in is planned, which also will require the DICES VoIP system to interoperate with existing WSMR legacy audio assets.
The initial engineering analysis is underway to finalize the overall system architecture and functional specifications. A prototype DICES VoIP system will be installed this month to support user testing to assist the final selection of design features. First installation of equipment to support the main control room operations is expected during summer 2011.
“We are extremely proud to have this opportunity to support WSMR in their planned migration to a state-of-the-art IP-based range operation status,” said David E. Wilhite, president and chief operating officer of Quintron. “We are also pleased to work with ATAMIR on this new project, as their experience at WSMR will help ensure complete success for the Army with this transition to a VoIP command and control design.”
The second major award is the fourth Task Order released against the NASA Stennis Space Center contract for the DICES Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX) equipment solution. This Task Order will deliver over 150 user stations and associated central equipment to NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF). This new installation will take advantage of the certified hazardous operation capability of Sub-MUX user stations at several of the WSTF high-altitude test stands. This award follows similar Task Orders for test stands at NASA Stennis Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center.
“This continuing utilization by NASA of the now 12-year old DICES Sub-MUX design offers excellent validation to our original design concepts to support hazardous fuel operations for our traditional legacy customers in the rocket launch industry,” Wilhite said. “This also continues our wonderful partnership with NASA and Stennis in particular.”
Delivery of the DICES Sub-MUX equipment will begin later this spring and conclude by summer with installation and activation performed by the NASA customer.
For information about Quintron, visit www.quintron.com.