Tribalco, LLC, a global provider of information technology services, critical communications solutions, and warfighter survival systems, is featured in the September 20, 2020, issue of The Kwajalein Hourglass. The article titled “Tribalco Improves Elementary School Communications” highlights the work the Tribalco telecommunications team has been providing on U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll since 2018, when it was selected as the Army’s prime contracting partner.
Tribalco supports the U.S. Army 30th Signal Battalion Network Enterprise Center’s network environment with upgrades to, and support of, the hardware, software, applications, tools, and systems used by the government on their networked systems located throughout Kwajalein Atoll. The Hourglass article features Tribalco’s latest project for the U.S. Army’s C4IM program: upgrading the voice and data infrastructure for the Atoll’s George Seitz Elementary School.
The Tribalco team is installing new telecommunications rooms in each of the school’s three main facilities. It is also installing telephones and intercom systems to connect the classrooms to the administration building and telephone and video monitoring systems for the hallways. The project involves adding hundreds of new internet drops—300 in a single building—and thousands of feet of cable to feed the site.
The school’s “vintage” voice and data system are long overdue for an upgrade. According to The Hourglass, Tribalco telecommunications manager Alfonse Zito “estimates the copper infrastructure on Kwajalein alone is 20 years past its shelf life.” Zito says that the new infrastructure will result in fewer outages and allow for network upgrades.
“We are really proud of the work Tribalco’s team is doing on Kwajalein Atoll,” said Tribalco Chief Operating Officer Michele Friedman. “In addition to supporting the U.S. Army’s C4IM services work, our team is improving the Army’s soldier and family readiness by ensuring the school’s students and staff have safe and reliable access to vital technology.”
The elementary school project is 90% complete, but the work is far from done. When this project is complete, Tribalco’s team will begin the telecommunications renovation for Kwajalein High School. “I’m working on the designs now,” said Zito.