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Carnation Designs has been selected as the preferred supplier of switching and power management systems for the NHS Ambulance Services national vehicle specification for frontline ambulances.
NHS Ambulance Trusts across England have been working towards this goal since 1995, collaborating closely with specialist vehicle providers to develop a national specification for frontline ambulances.
This standardised layout ensures ambulance crews can quickly and easily access the equipment they require, with potentially life-saving results.
The WAS group supplies vehicles to six of the UK’s 11 trusts, and has been closely involved in this project, as Richard Skingley, sales and marketing manager for WAS Vehicles (UK), explained: “This initiative has been an important step forward in ambulance design, and we have been working with various trusts to ensure that the national specification reflects the very latest technologies available.
“We only use equipment and components from leading manufacturers, to guarantee the quality of our vehicles, and Carnation Designs’ innovative genisys system is perfectly suited to this application.
“The majority of trusts were already using genisys, and specified Carnation Designs as their preferred supplier, so it really was the logical choice. The national specification requires that control systems have a high level of functionality – including one-touch systems, self-diagnostic protocols and voice alerts – and genisys is able to fulfil all these needs, as well as providing flexibility to make changes without the cost and inconvenience of taking vehicles off the road.
“The system is installed during the initial build at our factory in Germany, and the Carnation team has worked directly with our engineers to ensure optimum performance. The design of genisys saves considerable time for installation of auxiliary electronics, and its highly adaptable nature will make it easy to fine-tune the specification as needs change.”
New strategic alliance for emergency vehicle solutions
Carnation Designs has joined forces with Microbus, a leading supplier of in-vehicle PC technology, to offer the public safety market a one-stop source for in-vehicle auxiliary electronic control.
This strategic alliance will provide the comprehensive solutions emergency vehicle operators demand.
Combining Microbus’ rugged vehicle-based PC technology with the flexibility of Carnation Designs’ genisys electronic management system – it is believed - creates a complete package to meet the advanced electronic requirements of the latest emergency service vehicles.
This strategic partnership offers the first comprehensive solution for in-vehicle data and electronic management, creating a powerful, integrated setup for total control of auxiliary systems.
Richard Blake, Sales and Marketing Director at Microbus, explained the design philosophy behind the fully integrated system: “Our in-vehicle computers are at the cutting edge of mobile data technology, offering powerful data management capabilities to the public safety sector.
“Combining this functionality with the sophisticated electronic management capabilities of Carnation Designs’ genisys system provides unprecedented fingertip control to emergency vehicle operators.
“Our new software architecture allows the Microbus in-vehicle PC to directly interface with the genisys system, using the computer’s touch screen for control of all auxiliary electronics. In addition, a separate genisys control module is wired directly into the system, allowing each device to be used jointly or independently as required, and providing fail-safe control of all auxiliary systems.”
Craig Hall, Sales Director at Carnation Designs, concluded: “We have extended our collaboration with Microbus to include joint provision of services for our integrated systems, creating a single point of contact for purchasing, and providing technical support through a dedicated hotline. This strategic alliance ensures that Carnation Designs and Microbus are able to offer comprehensive solutions for mobilising the public safety market.”