Incident Commander Element (ICE™)

Incident Commander Element (ICE™) is a flexible tool that provides enhanced graphics and control for radio voice communications across multiple frequency bands and multiple types of radio systems including Project 25, EDACS™, SmartNet™, MDC 1200, DMR, and conventional. ICE provides essential information for fireground, emergency medical, special rescues, utility restoration and other public safety and critical infrastructure incidents.  A single PC such as a laptop is all that is needed to control up to four mobile radios and provide the control and user interface that can be operated in stand-alone mode or linked back to the agency’s normal radio system and to other radio channels as needed.  This rugged, compact, and efficient solution can be purchased in a robust travel case or installed in a vehicle.

Manage Local Communications

When fire fighters or other public safety or critical infrastructure officials choose to operate their two-way radios in talk-around or local repeat mode, it can be difficult to coordinate in the absence of communication with the main dispatch center.  ICE allows the Incident Commander to monitor voice communications from these radios across the primary frequency bands using one integrated tool.  Commanders see a running list of which radio placed each call with a time stamp.  Emergency messages are highlighted and saved on the device and can be managed from it.  The audio can be recorded, saved locally, and replayed on-scene or later.  Pre-programmed alert voice messages or tones can be broadcast with a single press.

Key Features

Key features include powerful local patching, recording of audio and the associated Meta data (Unit ID, Emergency, etc.), rapid access to hundreds of channels across multiple frequency bands, and a simple set of graphical controls designed for fire fighters, policemen, and other first responders.

Patch Talk Around to the Trunked Radio System

ICE can link two mobile radios together to patch Talk Around traffic to the local trunked radio system.  Catalyst dynamically manages the audio flow so that syllables are not lost.  Trunked radio systems vary in the amount of time it takes to gain access to a channel.  ICE stores the audio until the trunked system is ready to receive it and then transmits the audio to the trunked system, the dispatch center, and your primary logging recorder.

Record Local Audio

When public safety officials are operating in talk-around or local repeater mode, their conversations can go unrecorded.  ICE provides the option to record the currently monitored channel on the local device.  One week of actual talk time through a mobile radio can be stored on ICE, allowing for simple review and sharing during the incident or afterwards.


Interoperability: ICE can link up to four mobile radios together to provide interoperability between Low Band, VHF, 700 MHz, and 800 MHz as well as Project 25, EDACSTM, SmartNetTM, MDC 1200, DMR, and conventional.

Local Repeater: ICE allows the Incident Commander to rebroadcast transmissions from local units at a higher power on a different frequency so on-scene responders can communicate with one another. 

Compact and Efficient: By using a laptop computer, a single processor can control certain mobile radios (i.e. Unity), record radio traffic and Meta data, and provide a user friendly graphical interface.    

Multiband Radio: By choosing the Harris Unity® (XG-100M) mobile radio as an integral control station component, agencies are able to use a single transceiver to scan between Low Band, VHF, UHF-L, UHF-H, 700, and 800 MHz frequencies saving space, power, and cost.

Quickly Respond: Tune ICE to the desired channel of a recent call with one click.

Simple and Intuitive Functionality: Catalyst will configure your ICE with a custom layout and stage it with your radios so that when you need communications, it will be ready.  Just turn it on and immediately enhance your communications and record keeping.