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Raytheon closes JPS Communications business unit
Raytheon has informed dealers that it has closed its JPS Communications business unit - known for its land-mobile-radio (LMR) interoperability products. In a letter sent to a manufacturer’s representative, Raytheon explained that the JPS products “no longer align” with Raytheon’s business strategy.
In a letter dated Jan. 29 and sent by Arthur Powers, Raytheon’s vice president of contracts and corporate development, to JPS Communications dealers, Powers wrote “This letter serves to inform you that, as of this date, JPS Communications Inc. is closing business operations. “This letter constitutes formal notice that your manufacturer’s representative agreement is being cancelled. We ask that you cease all sales activities of JPS products.” Powers added that all JPS warranty obligations will be fulfilled, as well as any other service and maintenance obligations that have been contracted.
Raytheon demonstrated its JPS Communications and other interoperability/mobil communications products at the 2010 California Mobile Communications Center Rally.
"Raytheon will cease operations of its JPS Subsidiary, effective Jan. 29," the company said in an e-mailed statement. "Raytheon consistently reviews its business portfolio to ensure we are providing and investing in the products and services needed by our customers and aligned with the company’s core areas of expertise. Since acquiring JPS, there have been market changes that no longer align with Raytheon’s core technology and business strategy. Employees of the business will be provided with severance packages according to standard company policy."
Raytheon JPS interoperability gateways have been and are active in many public-safety and mission-critical communications networks throughout North America to manage interoperability, including in mobile communications vehicles.
In a report on the closure published by IWCE’s Urgent Communications, writer Donny Jackson reported, “Many in the LMR industry have expressed surprise by the closing of the JPS business unit, but longtime JPS customer Randy Kaminsky - the communications/9-1-1 supervisor for the village of Bradley, Ill. - said he understands the move. The migration to IP-based backhaul and digital-radio protocols such as P25 - a standard designed to enable radio, console and system interoperability - have reduced the need for standalone interoperability solutions such as those in the ACU product portfolio, he said.
Read Urgent Communications’ full story here
- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via multiple sources online, 2/1/16)