Commonly-used Nomad and industry terms, defined.

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ATLAS – Assess, Tour, Launch, Accomplish, Support: Nomad’s five-step procurement roadmap. Download E-Book

CMOC – Connected Mobile Operations Center: A Nomad mobile operations solution with connectivity as its core feature.

Command Care™ – Nomad maintenance plans providing managed asset services, repairs, and retrofits. Download Brochure

Command Check™ – Nomad inspection services to ensure mission-ready status for critical assets. Download Brochure

Dispatch Trailer – Bumper-pull mobile operations trailer platforms. Light Duty | Medium Duty

FDCV – Fast-Deploy Command Vehicle: CMOC solutions built on Sprinter van platforms. Learn More

GCS – Global Communication Solutions: As part of Nomad’s name, reflects our focus on comms and connectivity.

I2V – Intelligent Inspection Vehicle: Mobile base of operations for critical infrastructure inspection activities. Learn More

IC – Incident Command platform: Nomad’s line of medium-to-heavy-duty, chassis-based CMOCs, often appended with length (ex: IC30 denotes a ~30-foot shelter length). Light Duty | Medium Duty | Heavy Duty

IOV – Intelligent Operations Vehicle: Mobile base of operations for critical infrastructure management and maintenance activities. Learn More

ISG – Innovative Solutions Group: Nomad’s research & development division, developing next-generation technologies, platforms, and processes

ISO Container – A containerized solution meeting International Organization for Standardization specifications. Learn More

MOSAIC – Modular Open Systems Approach Instrumentation Container: Container-based testing & evaluation platform. Download Brochure

MUSTANG – Multi Utilization Secure Tactical and Network Ground System: Defense-oriented mobile testing & evaluation solution based on the TCV platform. Learn More

NeverDown™ – Nomad’s scalable hybridized power management solution for off-grid operations. Download Brochure

NTC™ – Nomad Total Command: Proprietary asset and connectivity management software. Learn More

PAM – Portable Accommodation Module certification: Containerized solutions designed for occupied use at sea. Download Whitepaper

Responder Trailer – Gooseneck mobile operations trailer platforms. Learn More

SOV – Special Operations Vehicle: Nomad’s multi-service platform for dynamic mission response. Download Brochure

SRTV – Special Response Team Vehicle: Nomad’s multi-mission personnel response vehicle. Learn More

STANCE – Proprietary Axleless® kneeling trailer suspension technology. Learn More

TCT – Tactical Communications Trailer: Deployable modular communications and connectivity solution (also: TCT-HD). Learn More

TCV – Tactical Command Vehicle: A ruggedized, off-road capable CMOC platform (also: TCV-X and TCV-Max). Learn More

AP – Access Point: physical connection point for data network access

ATC – Audio Teleconference: multi-party remote conferencing via software/hardware or a phone bridge

AV – Audio Visual: equipment and processes supporting imagery and audible presentations

Bonded Cellular – Proprietary method of aggregating cellular, satellite, and other data services for connection bandwidth and resiliency

CAT 5/5E/6 – Ethernet Category 5, 5E, or 6 cable, also known as an ethernet cable or patch cable

CCTV – Closed Circuit Television: Localized private camera systems, often used for security operations

CFE – Customer Furnished Equipment: Items supplied to Nomad by the end user for inclusion in a build

CSE – Customer Supplied Equipment: Items supplied to Nomad by the end user for inclusion in a build

GFE – Government Furnished Equipment: Items supplied to Nomad by the end user for inclusion in a build

HDMI – High-Definition Media Interface: A type of standardized audiovisual interface connection

IoT – Internet of Things: Internet-connected smart devices, commonly residing on a wireless network

IP – Internet Protocol: Standardized protocol for data sharing and transmission

ISP – Internet Service Provider: Public or private internet connectivity provider

LAN – Local Area Network: Localized IP-based ethernet network, can be wired or wireless

Mesh Network – Self-healing data network between subscriber devices that does not require wide-area connectivity, though this can be optionally provided. Download Brochure

MIMO – Multiple Input-Multiple Output: A type of wireless data transmission that simultaneously uses more than one sending and receiving method to increase bandwidth and data throughput.

PDU – Power Distribution Unit: Method of electrical power distribution in electronics equipment racks

PoE – Power Over Ethernet: Method of injecting electrical power for a device through its ethernet connection, therefore not requiring a dedicated power cable

RJ45 – Registered Jack Type 45 Connector: Standardized family of data cable interfaces, commonly used for ethernet connections

UPS – Uninterruptable Power Supply: Regulates power for and provides backup power to connected equipment, typically IT-related

VLAN – Virtual Local Area Network: Virtualized LAN connection, commonly used to segment a data network for different purposes and permission levels

VPN – Virtual Private Network: Also called “tunneling.” Used to establish a virtualized private connection to a server or network over a public internet connection. Often related to mobile operations, remote worksites, or teleworking.

VTC – Video Teleconference: Multi-party remote conferencing via software or dedicated conferencing system

WAN – Wide Area Network: IP-based ethernet network connecting multiple localized networks to a broader area, often ISP-connected and can be public-facing

WAP – Wireless Access Point: wireless device access for network connectivity, such as Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi – Wireless Local Area Network: provides ethernet LAN/WAN connections for wireless subscriber devices

5G – 5th Generation: 5th generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) public or private cellular voice and data networks;  a logical progression from 4G and 3G etc. Learn More

BNC – Bayonet Neill-Concelman: Standard type of LMR and data cable connector

BUC – Block Up Converter: Satellite service antenna component

COAX – Coaxial cable: Common method of carrying LMR, data, and television signals between devices

DID – Direct Inward Dialing: service to subscribers that operate PBX systems providing multiple telephone numbers over a single connection

FXO – Foreign Exchange Office, receive: Telephone networking terminology referring to devices controlling dialing, ring tones, busy signals, etc.

FXS – Foreign Exchange Subscriber, transmit: Telephone networking terminology referring to devices controlling dialing, ring tones, busy signals, etc.

LMR – Land Mobile Radio: Business and public safety two-way radio technology

LMR-240 – Standard type of 50-ohm coaxial cable for two-way radio installations

LNB – Low Noise Block Down Converter: Satellite service antenna component

NMO – New Motorola: common type of vehicular mobile antenna mounting base

P25 – Project 25: A widely-adopted suite of digital public safety radio standards developed by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

PBX – Private Branch Exchange: Enterprise telephone switching system, connecting a private phone system to the public network

POTS – Plain Old Telephone Service: Industry slang for regular land-line telephony

PSTN – Public Switched Telephone Network: Public land-line telephony system

RG-6 – Common 75-ohm coaxial cable for television and terrestrial cable systems

RX – Receive: In the context of telecommunications, to receive data or radio signals

SMA – Sub Miniature Version A: A common LMR connector, often used for GPS receivers and handheld radios

SNG – Satellite News Gathering: Satellite service antenna. Learn More

TX – Transmit: In the context of telecommunications, to send data or radio signals

UHF – Ultra High Frequency: Common frequency band for LMR, 300-3,000 MHz

VHF – Very High Frequency: Common frequency band for LMR, 30-300 MHz

VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol: IP-based telephony system, allowing for telephone service over IP-based data networks

VSAT – Very Small Aperture Terminal: Satellite service antenna smaller than 3.8m. Normally .75m to 1.4m across and requiring stationary positioning and alignment for use, but flat-panel options that can be used while in motion are available. Learn More

ASAP – As Soon As Possible: Common term for an urgent requirement

ARO – After Receipt of Order: Determines timeframes after an order is placed, i.e. “Delivery is to be within 180 days ARO”

BOM – Bill of Materials: The master list established by PMs showing all materials that need to be supplied for a project

ETO – Engineer to Order: Nomad’s approach to customer-centric designs, with project-specific mechanical and electrical engineering to exactly match customer specifications and requirements

FIFO – First In, First Out: Refers to product rotations to ensure newer stock replenishes older stock in inventory management

HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning: Equipment that provides air handling and temperature management

PM – Project Manager: The person with overall responsibilities for project build details, timelines, and other oversight

PO – Purchase Order: The method used to initiate the actual purchase of an asset. The PO defines cost, timelines, payment methods, and other transaction details.

POU – Point of Use: The physical location where a manufactured item is installed and in service, as a consumer end product or a component in a larger system

R&D – Research and Development: The process of innovation and continuous improvement. Nomad’s Innovative Solutions Group (ISG) develops constant cutting-edge improvement and design solutions.

RFI – Request for Information: A common business request for obtaining written information about supplier and vendor capabilities.

RFP – Request for Proposal: A business document soliciting a proposal, often associated with a bid process, for obtaining a specific product or service.

RFQ – Request for Qualification: Used in the procurement process to compare the expertise and capabilities of potential vendors or suppliers.

ROM – Rough Order of Magnitude: Approximate project pricing estimate used early in the bid or proposal development process to provide a cost best estimate

SLED – State, Local, and Education: Term for the non-Federal government market, including states, counties/boroughs/parishes, cities/towns/municipalities, public school systems, higher-education institutions, and special districts

SOP – Standard Operating Procedure: A developed and documented process or methodology

SOW – Scope of Work: A formal, documented statement of what exact work is to be done or the specifications of a manufactured product

SWI – Standard Work Instruction: A formalized process for performing a specific manufacturing function

TACT – Total Average Cycle Time: A method of assessing the actual time needed to produce one unit of manufactured goods

WIP – Work in Progress: A production and supply-chain management term referring to partially finished goods awaiting completion

BMS – Battery Management System: Method to control battery charging, discharging, and maintenance in power storage systems. Learn More

CDL – Commercial Driver’s License: Required to operate any vehicle over 26,000 pounds, or to pull a trailer over 10,000 pounds. Also required when hauling hazardous materials, driving vehicles carrying 16 or more passengers, or buses.

Custom Coach – Motorhome or touring coach chassis upfitted for customer interior configuration. Learn More

Liquid Spring – Hydraulic truck spring replacement that adjusts for load, road conditions, and ride height

MSO or MCO – Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin: Document certifying completion by the Second Stage Manufacturer

OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer: the builder of a product, or origin and specification of a replacement part for a product

QVM – Qualified Vehicle Modifier: Ford certification for vehicle upfitters meeting their stringent requirements

Second Stage Manufacturer – The builder that completes a vehicle, after a chassis is delivered as “incomplete” from the chassis manufacturer

Sprinter van – Standard Mercedes van platform (also sold under Dodge and Freightliner badging), upfitted for customer interior configuration Learn More

Super Single – A specialized and complex truck chassis modification replacing dual wheelsets with heavy-duty single wheelsets, providing specific advantages particularly in rough terrain

ATTLA – Air Transportability Test Loading Activity: An in-depth certification for vehicles to be air-transportable in military aircraft. Download Brochure

BAT – Blood Alcohol Testing: Used in the context of impaired driving enforcement

C2 – Command and Control: A term of military origin for overseeing personnel and equipment during missions and operations

C4ISR – Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance : An expansion of the C2 concept, incorporating modern force multipliers and technologies

Decon – Decontamination (of hazardous materials): Specialized processes to remove contaminants from people and equipment. Download Brochure

EMI – Electromagnetic Interference: Interference in electronic devices, networks, and telecommunications services by intentional or unintentional disruption in the electromagnetic spectrum

EOC – Emergency Operations Center: A physical or virtual location used for strategic administrative and logistical support of emergency response operations. May or may not be a dedicated, fixed facility; not to be confused or comingled with an ICP

EOD – Explosive Ordinance Disposal: Military or civilian service concerned with the proper interdiction and removal of explosive devices

HAZMAT – Hazardous Materials: Substances known or unknown which are detrimental to life or property

ICD 705 – Intelligence Community Directive: Specifications and methodologies for SCIF implementations

ICP – Incident Command Post: Physical or virtual location for personnel providing tactical oversight and control of response to a planned or unplanned event

ISO – International Organization for Standardization: A multinational organization that sets recognized standards in many areas of practice

NIST – National Institute for Standards and Technology: Federal government agency responsible for best practices and recommendations

OTA – Other Transactional Authority: A contracting method that allows for services beyond traditional purchasing, such as R&D and prototyping (also: Other Transaction Authority, Other Transactional Agreement, Other Transaction Agreement)

PSAP – Public Safety Answering Point: 911 call center, often incorporation elements to dispatch and monitor emergency services

RFI – Radio Frequency Interference: Interference in electronic devices, networks, and telecommunications services by intentional or unintentional disruption via radio signals

SCIF – Secure Compartmented Information Facility: A structure that meets this requirement can handle secret-level information, data, and communications

STIG – Secure Technical Implementation Guides: Department of Defense standards for cybersecurity in data systems

sUAS – Small Unmanned Aerial System: An unmanned aerial vehicle or “drone” weighing less than 55 pounds. Requires Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 certification for operators.

SWAT – Special Weapons and Tactics: Law enforcement units trained to respond to high-risk situations, often using specialized vehicles and equipment

T&E – Testing and Evaluation: In defense parlance, an activity performing analysis and verification of systems performance. Learn More

TEMPEST – National Security Agency specification for control of emanation from detectable signals in secure environments

UAS – Unmanned Aerial System: An unmanned aircraft that is remotely piloted from a ground or air location

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