Demonstrations to Show How Technology Can Improve Operations for Law Enforcement and First Responders

TEMECULA, Calif. , Sept. 24, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will lead a group of industry representatives on Sept. 26 to demonstrate how military and off-the-shelf technologies can be integrated to provide greater effectiveness in law enforcement and first responder operations.

The demonstrations, scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. at the French Valley Airport in Temecula , will provide timely information to the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System which is considering how law enforcement and first response organizations can better communicate across different frequencies and formats during a crisis.

"For years, emergency responders have sought ways to increase the efficiencies in detecting, identifying, responding and eliminating threats," said Gene Blackwell , vice president of Raytheon's Rapid Initiatives Group. "This week, industry will demonstrate how public institutions can save money and increase effectiveness by using available off-the-shelf products."

One of the demonstrations will utilize technology for affordable air surveillance including timely processing of sensor data into valuable information. This persistent surveillance system mounted on an ultralight aircraft is easily adaptable for a variety of airborne platforms. The system can be augmented with a transportable blimp that can be used to help law enforcement survey a specific geographic area more quickly and efficiently.

Demos will also include vehicle force protection technology and capabilities that allow first responders and law enforcement officials to communicate during a crisis by connecting or networking their equipment -- such as HF, UHF, VHF, 800 MHz or P25 radios communicating with a variety of satellite, cellular, Wi-Fi and digital land line telephones.

The day of demonstrations are expected to be attended by national, state and local public officials from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.

"Raytheon has long been a leader in integrating existing products and technology to provide unique solutions for civil and military customers," said Blackwell. "We think our demonstration this week will prove valuable to law enforcement and first responders."

Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass. , Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

SOURCE Raytheon Company