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Electrical storms always cause an increase in emergency calls to 911 as trees are brought down, localized flooding occurs and buildings are hit. Nationwide these calls come in to dispatch centers where trained public safety specialists mobilize emergency services to protect lives and property. Lapeer County is no different. If dispatchers become disconnected from emergency systems it impairs their ability to make vital and timely life and death decisions: when a disaster or emergency strikes,...
Along with local public safety officials, Verizon Wireless presented a preliminary report to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on this summer's derecho that resulted in a massive 9-1-1 outage of Verizon's 9-1-1 service across much of Northern Virginia... Public safety officials recommend more action by legislative bodies and regulatory bodies, like the FCC, to ensure each mobile carrier's 9-1-1 infrastructure and backup systems are fully functional through comprehensive audits.
Anderson Co (SC) Commissions Deployable Emergency Dispatch Vehicle with IP Dispatch Donation from Avtec
Having lived through a catastrophic lightning strike to their center, Anderson is taking steps to ensure the County always has a Plan B, all while watching costs carefully. A fully-equipped trailer, with generator, air conditioning, radio equipment, and an 8-position Avtec Scout dispatching system will be completed by summer. Once operational, it will support the ability to have a command center deployed, setup, and operational anywhere in the County within four hours.
THOR Shield is a rapidly deployed mobile 9-1-1 emergency communications solution that is relatively new to the marketplace. It includes a specialized mobile communications/command center vehicle and trained technical staff that are designed specifically to provide on-demand, scalable operational continuity and technical support whenever and wherever 9-1-1 communications are impacted.
We subjected a number of suppliers and their products to exhaustive and thorough analyses, one of which was a 99.99% uptime requirement as a minimum standard for the total solution. The new industry-standard hardware and software products from the County's current vendors ultimately prevailed in the RFP process, with the added feature of virtualization. The Windows-based CAD system would run in virtual machines on fully redundant ftServer hardware from Stratus Technologies. The software...
To test its back-up capabilities in Bexar Metro 9-1-1 in Texas, Intrado deployed THOR to San Antonio for a multi-day, multi-agency, live field test.... THOR, a two-story, 40-ton, 80-foot-long vehicle with next-generation emergency communications technology, would operate as Bexar Metro’s live 9‑1‑1 communications and command center, providing a comprehensive replica of San Antonio’s police, fire, and EMS, and Bexar County Sheriff’s communications functionality.
Shrinking budgets. Smaller IT staffs. Too many servers and applications to manage. These are among the many reasons virtualization has become one of the hottest technology trends in public safety today. Stratus is making its ebook 'Virtualization for Dummies' available for free download to public safety agencies.
In a crisis, coordinated communication is critical to establishing command and control, maintaining situational awareness and coordinating response efforts across agencies and jurisdictions. When an emergency of any kind strikes, first responders must have immediate access to real-time, situational information.
Technologies, applications, and the systems they run on are becoming more complex and more highly integrated, with more sophisticated features than ever before. It's putting a strain on PSAP's ability to keep up and manage these systems. When evaluating new Computer Aided Dispatch systems and related applications, the natural tendency is to focus on the software, the user experience it affords call takers and dispatchers, and how efficient and productive it enables them to be.
For VMware users with critical Tier 1 applications that demand zero downtime and zero data loss, Stratus Technologies, Inc. has announced that vSphere 5.1 virtualization software is now available on its newest line of Stratus ftServer fault-tolerant systems. Stratus is a global provider of products and services focused on protecting critical applications from system downtime.
Stratus Server Line Bolsters Downtime-fighting Technology with Intel Xeon E5 processor Speed, Power and Performance
With the increasing IT complexity, sophistication, and integration both within and outside of today's Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), uninterrupted 24/7 service is more challenging than ever before. In this battle to protect against the pains of IT system downtime and data loss, Stratus Technologies today launched an entirely new arsenal of server systems specifically engineered for superior high availability and operational simplicity.
This White Paper/ebook provides PSAP Managers with the information needed to assure the availability of mission-critical applications and minimize the possibility of disruptions caused by server, operating system, or application failure. It describes the advantages and disadvantages of dedicated servers, cluster technology, virtualization and more in easy- to-understand terms.
TriTech Software Systems and Medic, Mecklenburg County's Emergency Medical Service Agency, have partnered on important technology initiatives designed to improve emergency response. TriTech will provide its VisiNet Mobile data solution in Medic vehicles and install a VisiCAD Disaster Recovery solution for an off-site emergency backup dispatch center.