Rivada is an innovator in the public-safety broadband communications and wholesale mobile-data markets. We were founded in 2004 to solve the interoperability challenges between agencies and first responders, especially during emergencies.
After serving as a critical communications bridge between our military, National Guard, police and firefighters during Hurricane Katrina, we brought together a team of highly experienced telecommunications and public safety experts who understood the specific needs of the market and developed a business model that was lean, forward-thinking and committed to solving the industry challenges in revolutionary new ways.
With public safety in our DNA, we continue to develop patented technology solutions that revolutionize how communications assets are used and allow us to provide a secure, purpose-built and dedicated network that serves all First Responders.
Rivada is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rivada develops advanced technology solutions to disrupt the wireless market and facilitate seamless communications. With a portfolio of more than 100 patents, our Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage (DSA) technology and Enhanced Location Based Service (eLBS) software capabilities allow us to use wireless spectrum and networks more efficiently and put us at the forefront of solving the industry’s greatest challenges.
With Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage, we ensure instant prioritization of users on a mobile network. Through our patented ruthless preemption technology, we guarantee that 100% of network capacity is always available to public safety, when needed. Guaranteed. At the same time, our Open Access Market structure creates a dynamic real-time marketplace where commercial users can bid on 4G bandwidth in response to projected demand and market conditions.
Our eLBS patents bring unprecedented accuracy and precision to pinpointing a phone’s location. Developed specifically to address the situational awareness challenges in emergency situations, eLBS software solutions help determine location, lower the devices power consumption, provide accurate 3D positioning, and map exact locations of wireless infrastructure – addressing some of the most pressing needs of public safety. This technology also improves accuracy in the vertical dimension, sometimes referred to as the “Z-axis.”
Rivada is a company unencumbered by outdated technology, legacy networks and costly single-carrier solutions. Instead, we deliver secure, purpose-built, low-cost and unified communications solutions that provide the coverage and the bridge for our nation’s first responders – whether they are on a roadside in the middle of nowhere or deep in a concrete canyon in one of our cities.
Rivada has been in the business of providing tactical communications solutions to the federal government since before our involvement with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We earned our reputation on the ground in New Orleans providing an inter-operable bridge to the National Guard, local law enforcement and DHS personnel. Since then, we have been a prime contractor for DHS on the TacCom contract through our joint venture Rivada Port Graham Solutions (RPGS).
Over the past five years, we have provided communications maintenance and support at 200+ individual sites, and we are currently providing VHF/UHF radio maintenance and support at 140+ locations for the Customs and Border Protection. Other organizations that we have supported include FEMA, FPS, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and the National Guard Bureau (NGB).
Rivada has deployed over 225 times over the past five years. These deployments include responses to natural disasters; Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina and Rita; tornados in Missouri, Kansas, and Georgia; wildfires in Texas and California; and for exercises and training events like Ardent Sentry, Vigilant Shield, and National Level Exercise 2011.
Rivada has also worked on sensitive communications projects for the Department of Justice along the Southwest Border and has an extensive track record working with small and medium sized companies across the country to support the needs of our customers. This includes an early contract in support of IWN in the Pacific Northwest for HQ DOJ. Rivada is partnered with Maniilaq to rapidly and thoroughly support the communication needs of DOJ users in the field.
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First Responders need the highest level of communications support in times of crisis. Yet it is precisely in these moments that communications channels can become overloaded with well-intended traffic that actually inhibits response and recovery. Rivada has led the world in providing a ruthless preemption capability for first responders to clear these channels and ensure that mission-critical traffic gets through.
Rivada’s view is that FirstNet will only be a success if there is widespread adoption of NPSBN services by first responders. As part of our drive for the success of FirstNet, Rivada is committed to delivering the best comprehensive rural coverage in our first responder offering. Our investment in technology and innovation to overcome coverage, deployment and operational challenges in rural America is at the heart of our strategy to deliver a highly adoptable Band 14 public safety network.
Public safety professionals are often relied upon to place themselves in harm’s way to perform their missions. Rivada has been pushing technological barriers on their behalf to ensure they are given the most advanced communications tools to support their roles. Our public-safety patents provide our first responders with the comfort of knowing they are appropriately equipped with best-in-class communications.
Rivada’s Open Access Market brings fairness, transparency and ease of access to anyone who wants to keep the world connected wirelessly. Rivada’s technology allows 4G bandwidth to be purchased a year ahead, a month ahead or in real time, offering unprecedented flexibility in how networks are used, managed and owned. To learn more about what Open Access means for the future of wireless, please see this paper by
Prof. Peter Cramton: www.openaccesswireless.com
When our first responders need wireless bandwidth, they need all of it and fast — no waiting allowed. That’s why Rivada developed its Tiered Priority Access technology: to ensure that on Public Safety Broadband Networks, First Responders always come first. But when those networks aren’t busy, Rivada’s Dynamic Spectrum Sharing allows those networks to make money for public safety. In many cases, that means public safety gets its broadband network at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to Rivada’s ability to turn that spare capacity into cash.
For the average user, pinpoint location accuracy is a convenience. For first responders, it could be life or death. Rivada’s Enhanced Location-Based Service brings unprecedented accuracy to the vital question — “Where are your men?” Developed specifically with situational awareness in a fireground in mind, Rivada’s eLBS was designed to help keep you and your men safe.
Rivada’s Enhanced Location Based Solution sets a new standard for accuracy: Thanks to GPS, it’s relatively easy to get a good fix on your location outdoors and in uncluttered environments. But it can be very difficult or even impossible to get accurate location data in high-rise urban areas, inside buildings or underground. Beacons and similar hardware can improve location accuracy, but these require an expensive investment in infrastructure.
Until now no self-contained solution existed within your hand held smart device.
With ELBS, Rivada has solved this challenge. ELBS uses its patented algorithms to generate an accurate location from the array of in-phone sensors, coupled with peer to peer data and any other external data points that may be available. The result is unprecedented accuracy for any application:
whether that’s location-specific marketing or blue-force tracking for public safety.
Since 2001, a purpose-built, dedicated network for First state/local governments Responders has been envisioned and desired by First Responders, policy makers, stakeholders and taxpayers alike. But that is not what will be delivered as the result of the partner that was selected by the federal government.
The FirstNet deal does not properly align states rights or economic development and incentives with the technical requirements. In the end, a large retail carrier will always choose the needs of its more than 100 million commercial wireless subscribers over the needs of the 3.2 million First Responders across the U.S. This model is an inherent conflict of
interest and falls woefully short of what has always been envisioned. Because of these concerns and others, public safety fought for dedicated spectrum and a nationwide network—to ensure that our First Responders would always have a dedicated broadband network to serve their needs.
This tool is provided as a service to law enforcement and state procurement personnel to track which states are far along and which states are trailing in the effort have a choice. Rivada believes that Governors should help their states by giving their First Responders options and control of their own destiny.
Check back as we will update this as states issue new documents and once AT&T issues it’s draft plans for the states, we believe others will publish RFPs that we hear are sitting ready to be released.
You can download our State Tracker PDF here