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Ill's Will County 9-1-1 Backhauls Crucial Dispatch Information with Exalt

Date: 2011-08-01
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Illinois public safety agency relies on Exalt microwave to transport 9-1-1 voice and data traffic

Will County 9-1-1 in Illinois has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to connect its new Public Safety Answering Point/dispatch center in Bolingbrook, Illinois with a regional switching center approximately 13 miles away. Bolingbrook PSAP dispatches emergency police and fire calls supporting the community’s 73,000 residents.

Reliability was the primary reason Will County 9-1-1 and Bolingbrook PSAP chose the Exalt systems. The public safety agency uses Exalt microwave backhaul systems to connect its dispatch center with a remote switching center in Laraway, Will County through four microwave links located on water towers and traditional communications towers. The links have never failed despite temperature extremes from below freezing to as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

“With 9-1-1 voice and data traffic that can involve life-and-death situations, we need a communications system that we can rely on no matter what,” said Tom Ross, deputy chief at Bolingbrook Police Department. “The Exalt systems have been totally reliable and give us greater peace of mind and lower costs over time than leased lines.”

Exalt partner Digital Sky of Homer Glen, Illinois deployed the links for Bolingbrook PSAP.  As configured for Bolingbrook PSAP, the Exalt 4.9 GHz and 6 GHz microwave backhaul systems carry two T1 lines that transport mission critical two-way radio traffic for first responders. The systems use the 4.9 GHz public safety frequency band for interference protection and reliability and the 6 GHz frequency band for even higher capacity to support additional simulcast trunking sites for Will County’s 800 MHZ radio system.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Exalt, 7/26/11)

 

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