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July 4th Emergency Comms Enhanced by SpectraRep's IncidentOne
Video and File Sharing During Nation's Fourth of July Celebration Achieved Across Public Safety Agencies Stationed in DC and Northern Virginia Through SpectraRep's IncidentOne
Use of Television Spectrum Addressed Bandwidth Challenges Typically Present During Large Public Events
SpectraRep® LLC, an advanced solutions provider for emergency communications, announced that its IncidentOne technology was used to support video and file sharing among multiple agencies during the July 4th festivities in northern Virginia and on the National Mall. IncidentOne, a state-of-the-art, wireless emergency communications solution, delivered operational and crisis incident data to mobile emergency management command centers and police cruisers positioned around northern Virginia and Washington, DC. For the first time, digital television was used to overcome bandwidth challenges by using spectrum from WETA-TV to securely deliver data directly to emergency responders without competing with the increased Internet and cell phone activity caused by the public.
Capt. David J. Mulholland, Commander of Technology Services for the U.S. Park Police (USPP), said, "An enhanced ability to protect the public with reliable video connectivity, even during peak activity time on the National Mall, increased our situational awareness and allowed our officials to identify potential threats and disseminate emergency response information quickly and efficiently. The video was made available to more than a dozen agencies representing multiple public safety disciplines and jurisdictions. A picture is worth a thousand words, so when our officers and all the officers from the other agencies had reliable access to relevant video and data throughout the whole day, it increased our ability to respond and protect lives."
Utilizing only one in-place transmitter and bandwidth from WETA-TV, Washington, D.C.'s flagship public television station, USPP law enforcement officers were able to transmit large amounts of emergency information such as blueprints, evacuation maps, crisis plans, live security camera video feed and more to officers responding to emergency calls. With IncidentOne, the USPP was able to deliver data to remote units and mobile devices in patrol cars of multiple agencies, allowing officers to execute an interoperable, coordinated total response. The WETA signal is approximately 50 miles in radius, providing ample coverage for the entire National Capitol Region (NCR) regardless of where emergencies occur.
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- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via SpectraRep LLC, 7/6/11)