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Exalt Microwave Backhaul Systems Connect Emergency Communications for Rock County, Wisconsin

Date: 2012-06-22
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Rock County Communications Center relies on Exalt to unify land mobile radio, voice, mobile data, and Wi-Fi hotspot services for first responders while cutting costs

Exalt Communications has announced that the Rock County Communications Center in Rock County, WI is using Exalt microwave backhaul systems to unify emergency communications services across the county’s 720 square miles and enable the center to quickly migrate its backhaul network to all-digital while dramatically reducing equipment costs.

The center supports 26 police, fire, and EMS agencies and is the only CALEA-accredited center in the state of Wisconsin (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). The Exalt backhaul network supports voice, mobile data, Wi-Fi hotspot services, and the center’s new P25 land mobile radio (LMR) system from Raytheon. The network is built on Exalt ExtendAir all-outdoor microwave systems using the 4.9 GHz and 18 GHz frequency bands, and supports most sites at 100 Mbps. Exalt partner General Communications installed the network, helping the center meet the rigorous uptime and resiliency requirements to maintain its longstanding CALEA accreditation.

“Exalt’s engineering recommendations have always been right, so we decided to use Exalt systems to replace our old T1 lines to save money, provide more stable connectivity, and do more with increased bandwidth,” said David Sleeter, director of the Rock County Communications Center. “We expect five 9s of uptime, and we’ve gotten it. Right now we’re working to migrate all our backhaul traffic to IP with the same uptime and reliability we’ve grown to expect from Exalt. That work is planned for this summer, and in the future, we see it supporting new services like in-car video for our police force.”

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- Corporate News/ (via Exalt Communications, 6/19/12)


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