RPG Characters and Roles - Operations - Communications
The primary responsibility for contacting and maintaining an open channel of communications falls on the Operations officer. There are 9 major tasked required of the Operations Officer.
- Intraship communication
- Subspace Transceiver Assembly
- Communicator control
- User id security
- Ship to ground communications
- Ship to ship communications
- Star base contact
- Non-starfleet contact
- Subspace communication Network
This communication is within the confines of the ship. Two basic transmissions take place onboard a ship, voice and data. Although both are automatically handled by the onboard computer communication aboard ship are closely monitor by the Operations Officer.
Ship transceivers are linked with pure telemetry in the optical data network (ODN). This is the primary route for voice and data signals. Radio frequencies (RF)-based terminal node devices are distributed throughout the ship as a first back up layer. A second back up layer runs parallel to the electro plasma system (EPS). This layer utilizes the same terminal node devices.
During voice communications, the normal procedure is to open a comminications signal and simply say what you want. The artificial Intelligence (AI) does the work for the OPS and attempts to locate the message recipient and then activates the audio speakers at the recipient's location. The signal will be recieved by the other person via the Subspace Transceiver Assembly (STA) which is commonly known as the the "COMM Badge". This is the insignia located on the crew memeber's uniform.
If the recipient in not located a Yellow default light flashes on the OPS console indicating that the recipient is not aboard ship or base.
Subspace Transceiver Assembly
Commonly known as the COMM badge. It is a low-powered subspace analogy-to-digital voice encoder emitter. It contains a monofilm translator with species specific protocols. It is used for short range communication. During Away Team operations the tap is essential in preserving the internal battery power of the unit.
To open communications using this device, one simply taps the device once. To close the communication signal, one simple taps the device again. When the signal is closed, the person has not only ended the transmission but has also activated a dermal sensor relay to the power down command of the STA.
Character Speaking via their COMM badge
< > or =/\= is preferred to denote "sentinent" communications. For example . . .
< Aye, Sir. > Geordi responded.
=/\= On my Way. =/\= the Captain responded.
Personal communicators (STA) are shared responsibility by Operations, Chief Sience Officer and Security. The Operations officer monitors communications through the audio portion of the OPS console while Chief Sience Officer repairs the units and Security assigns passwords and embedded codes on all units. At the beginning and the end of each shift the OPS Officer updates the XO concerning additions or subtractions to the personnel roster by means of accounting for all the STAs in the possession of personnel.
User ID Security
The STA is programmed to respond to a specific individuals bioelectrical field and temperature profiles using the dermal sensor. If an attempt is made to operate the STA without security override authority, the STA will fail to activate. OPS receives a flashing Red light on the security breech monitor on the console and to the right of the monitor the name and last location of the crew member appears.
Ship to Ground Communications
Exterior Ship Communication is the next higher organizational level involving contact and information exchange between the ship and planetside personnel and remote equipment.
Communication leaves and enters the ship through the RF and subspace RF nodes and are routed to the main computer which relay them to the OPS console. When there are hardware malfunctions or incompatibilities in the interface of the communications equipment relaying messages are severely restricted. This results in severe real-time lag of up to 3 minutes. This is an anomaly that was first identified during a personnel to ship communication on planet AOL. There appears to be no way to rectify the resulting lag and dead air space except to reboot the equipment on the ground communication side which could mean serious mission delays.
Ship to Ship Communications
Ship to ship communication is the most far-reaching passive RF capability which can span hundred of Astronomical Units to tens of light years away. This kind of real time data and voice transmission is beyond the STAs already discussed.
Doppler and Heisenberg compensators selective filter noise clutter and amplify stage and passive range determinants. The signal encryption/decryption is handled by the main computer through the OPS console. Routine voice and data exchange can be cleared by OPS or Security once contact has been established. During Alerts communication modes can be closed, activated with controls, direct voice commands , or aural monitoring by the main computers as it processes contextual cues.
Star Base Contact
Communications with star bases are subject to less audio clutter and contain more RF flux due to the types of ongoing communication traffic that is present in heavily trafficked flight paths and docking patterns. High utilization periods play a role in disrupting com links with Star base OPS officers. Prioritizing aural monitor function manually is the Key to clear transmission success.
Non-Space Fleet Contact
It is hoped that when encountering a new species that a survey ship has preceded yours on a pathfinder mission. Where this only a perfect galaxy. For those entities that do not use standard voice and data translation routines it is up to the OPS officer to break the codes and work with Chief Science Officer and Engineering to build viable options which increase the level of understanding using the analysis and production algorithms in the main computer for use with the universal translators.
First Contact situations should include the Counselor.
Subspace Communication Network
These beacons are for short range high focused resolution which sharply decays over time. The subspace threshold will tend to become normal slower EM after 12 years. These are relay links which are key to instantaneous access to commands, orders and technical information which allows a ship to carry out it's mission well beyond the arms of the know Federation Space.
Allocating and Supervising Resources
Operations is responsible for dispersing personnel and equipment on a priority basis where it is needed the most. The Ops officer is responsible for communicating those needs to the supporting agencies like engineering and security but also relaying that information and any supplemental updates to the Commanding Officer and/or the Executive Officer. OPS is the manager responsible for maintaining contact with the Away Team and the on-scene commander of a ship disaster. through the eyes and ears of the Operations Officer the Command Staff becomes aware as the minute by minute assessment of both ship and crew changes.