Batman’s Forgotten Gadget: The Batcom.

Wed, Sep 11, 2013 / by Claudio Nespeca

batcom-communication-technologyBatman has long since set the standard for superhero technology as a (relatively) ordinary man with extraordinary resources. From the classic gadgets of the 1960s (ahem, shark repellent) to the modern arsenal of Wayne Enterprises’ weapons department, these incredible yet plausible technologies have helped Batman maintain his place as the definitive vigilante of the DC universe.

But Batman’s triumph over Gotham’s would-be dictators is owed to much more than the grappling lines, gas pellets and retractable wings. There’s one technology that Batman uses in almost every scenario - whether he’s researching in the Batcave, prowling the rooftops or fighting his way through a deathmaze - and it doesn’t receive half the attention of the rest of his arsenal—his communications.

Holy VOIP Batman! I think we’re onto something…

We’ve dubbed this host of voice and data technologies The Batcom. It’s the sum of all the interconnected devices that Batman uses to communicate, plan and coordinate with his team. Batarangs and Batmobiles aside (and anything else that has “Bat” prefixed to it that shoots, explodes or debilitates), this is one technology that Batman cannot do without.

It’s impossible to say exactly how Batman’s technology works but one thing's for sure, the classic red rotary phone and punch card computer haven't cut it for decades. The Batman that flies a hovercraft-jet hybrid prototype needs something a little more advanced, right? Right. And in the spirit of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, we were thinking high-tech yet realistic.

“Wayne Enterprises enters VOIP market with a wham, bang, pow!” - Gotham Gazette

Concealed as one of Wayne Enterprises telecommunications subsidiaries, The Batcom could be powered by a combination of VOIP and satellite technology, connecting his supercomputer to his team and other devices. Bruce Wayne and a trusted ally, like Lucius Fox, could be managing a hosted VOIP network, housed in Wayne Enterprises’ facilities. Batman could focus on what he does best - finding and thwarting criminals - while Fox, or some unwitting technician, manages his network and the Wayne Enterprises hosted VOIP cover up.

Not only would this save Batman and Alfred the trouble of building and maintaining the network themselves, it would provide Batman with all the telecom essentials that a superhero and his team would need, from flexibility and reliability through to security and privacy.

Quantum Supercomputer and Batphone Integration.

Voice and computer integration makes one exponentially more useful tool out of two technologies, whether your business is based on customer service or capturing psychopaths (we assume Batman does both).

After all, Batman is using a quantum supercomputer, an extensive database of historical records and criminal profiles, and an absolutely mission-critical voice network that spans multiple vehicles, devices and individuals. Not only does he have to configure and synchronize them, but he has to make sure they all work, all the time. There’s no time in a crisis to troubleshoot or switch between technologies!

It seems Batman would opt for a streamlined network, not unlike hosted VOIP. With top-notch cloud facilities, everything Batman needs is combined into one backbone and interface to optimize communications and effectiveness. Heck, he could be getting automated updates from his computer sent right to his ear piece as he’s fighting off a group of henchmen.

Privacy and security worthy of the Batcave.

Whether Batman uses VOIP or satellite communications, he needs to protect the data in transition. The Gotham City Police Department (GCPD), super villains, and allies alike would all love to know Batman’s secret identity. What’s to stop them from tapping the lines, hacking his network or intercepting wireless signals?

Some sort of super encryption may be the only line of defense for satellite and wireless data, but a secret network layer inside Wayne Enterprises’ already secure infrastructure could be exactly what Batman needs to keep his communications from leaking. The private connection between all of his headquarters, allies and static devices would prevent any government agencies and criminals from working backwards from a public network line all the way to the Batcave. All the while, Lucius can monitor the network remotely, making sure there is no unusual activity.

In the digital age when hacker organizations can assault government networks it seems like Batman needs network security more than he needs the Batmobile.

Super Power Redundancy

Batman can’t afford to lose his network every time some lunatic cuts the power to Gotham city. A Wayne Enterprises colocation centre in Metropolis would explain how his communications network stays up through just about anything. Even when Riddler destroys the Batcave, Batman and his team can still connect from other locations and mobile devices. That means butt-kicking continuity and coordination right through the worst of power outages.

One team, One network.

Whether you like it or not, Batman is running a business. It just happens to be a crime fighting one that mostly operates at night with no salaries and even less safety regulations. Organizing the various people in his team - Commissioner Gordon, Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, and the Justice League - would take time and effort as it does for any organization.

Batman could give them each a mobile VOIP device that links them directly to the network with predetermined access levels given their role and relationship with Batman. For instance, Alfred would have admin level access while Commissioner Gordon would only have a conference call ID.

It would also allow information and calls from his team to be routed to whichever device Batman has on hand. If it doesn’t reach the earpiece in his mask, then it’s forwarded to the Batmobile, and then to his cell if he’s out on the town as Bruce Wayne.

Okay, so our theory isn’t perfect.

Of course, Batman could be using technology we don’t quite understand. Or instead of commercial-grade VOIP maybe he’s using military-grade VOIP, or even better, Kryptonian technology. The point is that a commercial-grade hosted VOIP service could plausibly keep The Batcom going through all of his investigations and battles. It would give him the perfect cover up story with all the technological advantages worthy of Batman’s gadgetry.

And, if Batman decides that an extraterrestrial technology is more suited to his needs, at least Gotham’s business sector can reap the rewards of Wayne Enterprises’ Hosted VOIP.



Topics: Hosted VOIP

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