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The Fifth Annual California Mobile Command Center Rally took place on May 8th in Sacramento. With 30 state-of-the-art mobile command and communication centers of all shapes and sizes, from law enforcement, fire, EMS, military, utility companies and other support agencies, this year's open-vehicle display focused on interoperability, networking, and the interactive capabilities of diverse disciplines in major incident command and coordination.
In 1934, the first Orange County (CA) public safety radio system was put on the air. KGHX was a one-way system, transmitting messages from headquarters to the field. The obvious problems with one-way communications prompted the "mobile radio" to be established just three years later.
At last week's National APCO Conference in Philadelphia, Tiburon introduced their new product, IQ Response, a next-generation product suite that integrates CAD, mobile data, fire and law records and jail management systems into a single interoperable software package. 9-1-1 Magazine spoke to Tiburon's Chief Marketing Officer, Ian Archbell, about the significance of the company's new offering.
The new Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) solution includes support for the broadest set of radio interfaces for interoperability, better encryption key management, and customizable interfaces for field dispatchers...
The Connecticut Convention Center has completed the installment of a multimedia communications system with the assistance of Mutualink, Inc. The system provides an interoperable communications platform that enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment - all in real-time. The emergency communications network will allow the Convention Center to share critical information with law enforcement and emergency personnel,...
Coordinating Communications: The Value of Plain Speech and Universal Radio Equipment in Local Operations
NIMS requires the use of plain speech during multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction and multi-discipline events, such as major disasters and exercises. It does not require plain speech as common practice within day to day departmental operations. However, the importance of plain speech as a means of creating a universal radio language in the United States goes far beyond those kind of major, multi-agency disasters.
Covia Labs, Inc. has announced the launch of Alert & Respond, a new software platform that offers a cost-effective way for public safety to integrate consumer smartphones and commercially available devices into their operations. Alert & Respond greatly expands the command & control and situational awareness capabilities available to public safety personnel beyond what is available with voice-only communication.
Say "interoperability" and most policymakers immediately think new Project 25 (P25) radio systems. True, your radios might be due for an upgrade. But public safety agencies can serve the public interest by educating policymakers that funding new radios alone will not satisfy other urgent interoperability requirements for effective crisis collaboration:
Cultural Communications - Tribal Enforcement, DUI, & South Dakota's Initiatives To Save Lives on its Highways
After A Distinguished Career Top South Dakota Cop Reflects On The Most Important Issues Facing His State And Perhaps The Nation
Emergent Communications, Inc. recently completed interoperability testing at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 4th Industry Collaboration Event (ICE 4) held in Irving Texas. This was the largest event of its kind and featured some of the most complex test scenarios to date using Next Generation 9-1-1 components based on NENA 08-003, the core standard for NG9-1-1 services.
It was a stunning scene, set against the familiar backdrop of the Hollywood Hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. A massive black cloud of smoke pillared above a burgeoning firestorm on the Universal Studios backlot. In the pre-dawn light, it looked like the kind of mesmerizing, dramatic special effects that the studio is famous for. Only this was no movie...
Many American communities are facing unprecedented revenue losses and bleak economic futures. Communities across the country are searching for ways to save money while preserving and protecting services critical to the community - particularly the services provided by first responders. In the public safety arena, one option that is frequently discussed is the consolidation of 9-1-1 services. For the past 40 years, the consolidation of public safety 9-1-1 dispatching centers has been an...
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $9 million contract from Franklin County, North Carolina, to upgrade its legacy analog emergency communications to a Harris P25(IP) (Project 25 to the power of Internet Protocol) solution.
Raytheon Company has completed ahead of schedule an important milestone in building Rock County, Wisconsin's first interoperable communications system. The successful System Acceptance Test, conducted with General Communications, is the initial step in creating this critical emergency network.
Continuing to deliver on its commitment to the Public Safety Cloud, InterAct, a leading provider of incident-response and management solutions today announced the release of InterDEx, a next generation data sharing and agency interoperability platform. This nationwide platform allows public safety professionals to better communicate with each other and share data freely, simply and effectively even when they work for different agencies in different jurisdictions.
Intrado Inc., a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, has announced the first production delivery of emergency text messages from a major wireless carrier through an interconnected network of service providers. Interoperability between leading text service providers enables the seamless delivery of emergency texts, regardless of the text solution chosen by either the wireless carrier or public safety agency.
In January of 1993, a Mobile Communications Unit designated "1070" was placed in service, available to respond to any major fire or EMS incident to assist the command staff. By 2003, with county command staff recognizing the value of on-scene communications support teams and realizing the limitations of the existing Communications unit 1070, started the process of acquiring a new, larger mobile communications vehicle.
Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. and a leading provider of broadband network solutions, announced that its Emergency Communications Services (ECS) and associated high performance equipment are being used to support the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
After working on plans for the new Mobile Command Center for nearly a year, work began in October 2003. The unit was delivered to the department in May after being exhibited by Pierce at the FDIC East in Indianapolis. The interior of the Mobile Command Unit (MCU) is divided into three areas: public information, communications, and command & control.
Public safety agencies are very efficient with routinely conducting exercises that test various response components. However, compressed response timelines or the ability to talk face-to-face make it difficult or impossible to fully utilize the types of radio communication that would be experienced in a real world response. In Georgia we recognized the need to think outside the box and identified the need to evaluate the communications component the same way we evaluate the exercises...
The City of Macon, Georgia has taken the first step to give its first responders an interoperable communication system that will seamlessly connect Macon police and fire departments and the Bibb County sheriff's office. The City has awarded Harris Corporation a $7.68 million contract to deploy a three-site 800 MHz Project 25 (P25) simulcast system designed to deliver highly reliable communications to the city's public safety personnel.
Mutualink, Inc. announces real-time multimedia interoperability for public safety using Google Glass utilizing Mutualink's advanced interoperable communications platform, selectively and securely sharing two-way voice and video between command and control, partner agencies, and officers in the field with Google Glass. The technology interfaces with a FirstNet 4G LTE wireless broadband connection, demonstrating how critical multimedia information can be shared between public safety personnel...
Mutualink, Inc. has announced the availability of a new mobile operations fusion kit (OFK) for use by military personnel and first responders in the field. The kit, known as OFK 2.0, enables users to connect anywhere and anytime with the most flexible, agile, and secure communications and interoperability "go kit" available on the market today. It enables secure voice, full-motion video, and information sharing on a global, real-time basis.
Due to the fluid nature of the disaster, the 189th Airlift Wing requested deployment of Region 6's Tactical Command Package (TAC-PAK) Ultra-Agile briefcase mobile command system, manufactured by 308 SYSTEMS. For 16 days, the briefcase sized command and communication system provided both operational and welfare/moral communications traffic linking the 150 person tent city with the trailer based MEOC, Joint Operations Center, and Unit Command Posts.
New White Paper Assesses What's Needed for Improving Communications During Disasters and Emergencies
Eight years after the 9/11 Commission named interoperability as a serious problem for 9/11 first responders, and the Department of Homeland Security developed a communications plan for interoperability, there is still no inclusive national communications capability, according to a new white paper issued today by Mutualink, Inc.
NICE Systems has announced that its audio recording solution has successfully completed interoperability testing with the Cassidian Communications Inc. CORP25 radio trunking system. The integration enables public safety agencies and other security organizations to communicate across multiple vendors' systems that are based on P25 industry standards.
25 is not the only digital land mobile radio technology available. Digital LMR technologies such as DMR, MPT1327, and TETRA are widely used outside the U.S. and hold the dominant market position in other parts of the world. Recently, some public safety and critical infrastructure agencies here in the U.S. have been opting for these and other disparate technologies that are not compatible with P25.
The NPSTC Radio PCR Working Group recently created a radio programming and management tool called PAM. The tool was created in order to mitigate a problem that was discovered during the search for the suspect in the shooting of a Florida police officer in 2011, in which programming failed to connect radios designated for interoperability.
NPSTC's Governing Board recognized a need and asked the Interoperability Committee, in partnership with the Technology Committee's Radio Programming Compatibility (PCR) Working Group, to develop a new Working Group to examine radio interoperability best practices. The Working Group will develop best practices to enhance the ability of first responders to efficiently communicate in situations requiring the response of more than one public safety entity.
The California Emergency Management Agency, the California Fire Chiefs Association Communications Section, and the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative held the 3rd Annual Mobile Communications/Command Center rally on May 22 and 23rd, 2011. This year's event combined the Rally with CMU's Disaster Management Initiative for a greater opportunity for associated workshops and exercises. The event was held at the CMU Silicon Valley campus located within the...
The City of Portland and the Portland Dispatch Center Consortium (PDCC) have initiated a project with GeoComm Consulting Services to work on Portland area's Interoperable Communications Strategic Plans Update and Public Safety Answering Point Feasibility Study Project. The PDCC will receive the assistance from GeoComm to update the region's Interoperable Communications Strategic Plan (ICSP), developing regional standard operating procedures (SOPs), and determining the feasibility of...
Pre-Hospital Care & 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data - From Calling Rampart to Communicating with the Enterprise
Today our staff has many options when it comes to voice communications. We provide them high end portable radios with capabilities in VHF, digital, and even encrypted channels. They often carry a portable radio worth thousands of dollars... yet they still use these devices as glorified walkie-talkies. Rarely are these voice devices used to their full potential.
Quintron Systems, Inc., a recognized leader in interoperable Enterprise-Class Systems for Security Command, Control & Communications, is pleased to announce the integration of its AccessNsite interoperable security management solution with the company's unique voice communications technology to form a new UC3 Unified Command, Control & Communications solution for Emergency, Safety, and Security Operations Centers
Raytheon's INTEROP-7000 Provides Public Safety a Bridge from Land Mobile Radios to Smartphones and Tablets
Developed using open standards, Raytheon's new INTEROP-7000 enables police, fire and rescue professionals to use commercial smartphones and tablets integrated with existing communications equipment, such as land mobile radios. INTEROP-7000 also positions public safety to become part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet will provide the first nationwide public safety broadband network.
Midian's RIC-8 is a tone remote adaptor and encoder that allows up to eight RIC-8 equipped repeaters connected by leased line or microwave to interoperate
Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leader in the development of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, devices, applications and services, has commended the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) Authority on the approval of the build, operate, own and maintain (BOOM) agreement to build a 700 MHz public safety long-term evolution (LTE) network in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A groundbreaking interface created by Spillman Technologies is helping Wisconsin public safety agencies submit law enforcement data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Spillman is the first vendor to create an interface that allows Wisconsin agencies to submit data to the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WIJIS) program office in N-DEx format.
The current Suffolk County Department of Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services Mobile Command Unit replaced a unit purchased in 1988, which contained a communications and incident command sections, but on a smaller scale. That in turn replaced an older unit put into service in the mid 1970’s, the first concept of a command vehicle. This was a Fire Marshal’s van that was converted with a homemade built-in wooden cabinet containing several low-band radios, which was the only bandwidth in use at...
The Return of High Frequency: HF-NVIS, Your Regional Communications Lifeline When Everything Else is Broken
HF (High Frequency) and NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) provide a simple and reliable solution for backup communications over a wide regional area with no intervening infrastructure whatever. It should be part of every public safety agency's toolset for springing back after a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
Technology isn't the only answer to interoperability. The Department of Homeland Security is trying to get people to understand there is a "continuum of interoperability" that includes operations and exercises beyond the technology. The Incident Command System (ICS) has been at the center of many of these activities and has shown its ability to manage communications at large scale and well-integrated incidents.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications systems, announced that the new release of its DCS-5020 Digital Console System is able to support communications on iDEN networks through Motorola i365 portable radios. This strengthens the DCS-5020's position as a leading console system that supports interoperable communications among different networks.