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Satellite communications helped Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service cope with the widespread flooding that affected their county during the summer months. Dawn Davison-Read talks to Rob Lacey, Head of IT and Communications, Gloucestershire Fire Service, about the brigade’s foresight, and she reports on how the solution enabled an improvement to the incident command.
As VoIP begins to roll out into the public safety space, we find out what impact it will have on back-office systems and the technical and organisational issues that will have to be faced. Carol Debell reports.
The Lothian and Borders Police Mobile Data Project, which began in 2003, is the first Police Mobile Data Project to totally replace the traditional paper-and-pen notebook. Temporary Chief Inspector Norman Dixon, Project Manager, talks about a project that has set the agenda for the Scottish Police Force’s National Mobile Data strategy.
In a crisis, data needs to be available both to the emergency services and the public. Dan Worth investigates a new solution from Thales that allows data to be shared with those who need it – and in a secure manner.
It seems like only yesterday when Li-ion batteries started being introduced into the market, replacing Ni-Cad batteries. Three years later, the march of the Li-ion seems unstoppable as its benefits – which include 18 to 22-hours of power – become widely recognised. Dan Worth investigates some of the benefits these batteries are bringing to the emergency services – and hence to public safety.
In the last few months there has been much focus on MDTs, in particular PDAs, to the
extent that one would be forgiven for thinking that PDAs are the sexy side of MDTs. And yes, while PDAs have a highly important part to play in terms of improved efficiency and better serving the public – and in such a visible way too – the workhorse that is the in-vehicle terminal, with its much greater capacity for, well, everything, should not be forgotten. Here we look at the some of the developments in in-vehicle hardware, and catch a glimpse of some future developments.