New Orleans Partners with M/A-COM to Improve Interagency Communication
M/A-COM Inc., a business unit of Tyco Electronics and a leader in critical radio communications systems, announces that the company has provided the city of New Orleans with advanced IP (Internet Protocol) standards-based interoperability equipment to help the area prepare for the upcoming hurricane seasons. Known as NetworkFirst, this advanced technology will link the communications systems of New Orleans public safety agencies with other front-line responders in the surrounding parishes and communities.
"M/A-COM has been the supplier for New Orleans's public safety radio system for more than 11 years and, through this partnership, they have provided us with this equipment on a cost-free loan basis so that we will be better prepared for the 2006 and 2007 hurricane seasons," said Colonel Terry J. Ebbert, New Orleans director of homeland security. "NetworkFirst will enable a fireman in Jefferson Parish to communicate with a city police officer in New Orleans, which is a vital capability for our public safety first responders as we prepare for the coming hurricane season. As the area continues to recover from the fallout of Hurricane Katrina, communications interoperability is the critical link for first responders during a major event such as a natural disaster or any other large-scale incident that requires a coordinated, multiple agency response."
Using NetworkFirst, first responders in New Orleans will be able to communicate with fellow first responders in Jefferson, Saint Bernard, Saint Tammany, and Plaquemines parishes, and provisions for communications with state, federal and military agencies are also planned.
According to the company, NetworkFirst is designed to use Project 25 and IP-based standards and nonproprietary hardware to provide interoperability among agencies that are on different bands and systems.
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Washington Police Department Selects TeleStaff by PDSI to Automate Scheduling
PDSI, a leading provider of scheduling and notification software solutions to the public safety market, announces that Bellevue Police Department in Washington State has selected TeleStaff to automate its daily scheduling and notification processes. By combining scheduling software with notification capabilities including telephone, e-mail, and pager communications, TeleStaff is designed to reduce scheduling time, streamline operations, and controls costs.
"TeleStaff will affect how we work in a number of positive ways, said Bellevue public information officer Greg Grannis. "Officers will be able to schedule vacation and compensatory days from home on the Internet, and TeleStaff will make sure any requests comply with department policy and union rules. For supervisors, calling in employees for overtime or emergency callouts will be streamlined and automated with one request calling all available necessary personnel.
"On the administration side, all overtime with premium and incentive pays will be calculated automatically. TeleStaff will interface to our payroll accounting system without the waste and time-consumption of a paper system." The Bellevue Police Department employs 178 commissioned officers and 95 noncommissioned professional staff. The department serves a 31-square-mile area with a residential population of approximately 115,500 and a daytime population exceeding 170,000.
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DHS to Deploy Body Screening Portal from L-3 Communications
L-3 Communications announces that its Security and Detection Systems subsidiary is participating in the second phase of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Rail Security Pilot (RSP) project, which will screen transit passengers for explosives.
This phase of the project will use L-3's ProVision body screening portal at the Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation's (PATH) Exchange Place Station in Jersey City, New Jersey, this summer.
The ProVision system, developed by L-3 SafeView, is designed to reveal the presence of explosives and concealed objects anywhere on the body in as little as two seconds. The system is engineered to use non-ionizing active millimeter wave (MMW) imaging technology to detect virtually any material, including wire, liquid, ceramic, plastic, and metal.
Serving more than 200,000 passengers each weekday, the PATH's Exchange Place Station is the primary rail transit link between lower Manhattan and New Jersey.
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Wisconsin Agencies Choose ICOP Digital In-Car Video Systems
ICOP Digital Inc., a leading provider of digital in-car video systems for law enforcement, announces that both the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department and the Superior Police Department in Wisconsin have selected the ICOP Model 20/20 in-car video units for deployment in their respective patrol fleets.
"Here in the Superior area, our officers generally make approximately 300 arrests per year for operating a vehicle while under the influence," said Sergeant Matthew Mark on of the Superior Police Department. " The outstanding quality of the audio and video footage captured by the ICOP units should provide us with material evidence that will be hard to dispute in a court of law, helping us to successfully prosecute future offenders."
Duane Willborn, telecommunications manager for Ozaukee County, said, "Ease of installation was a key selling point for us. The ICOP Model 20/20 requires only about an hour to install and we can do it on-site. Moreover, because our patrol cars did not have any type of video recording system to begin with, we chose what we believed to be the best digital system on the market based on our evaluation of competitive offerings. The ICOP Model 20/20 won hands down." ■
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