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Since 7/7 the pressure has been on emergency services to secure the most advanced communications technology – a difficult task during an economic crisis. Are satellite communications therefore an expensive luxury? John Severs examines the dilemma.
A former Control Operator in one of the larger shire fire and rescue services in the UK writes to BAPCO Journal about the regionalisation of control centres and its potential effects.
In 1854 John Snow proved that a water pump in Soho, central London, was the cause of a cholera outbreak. He did so by plotting the deaths caused by cholera on a map to prove to the authorities there was a link between the location of the pump and the proximity of the victims. Since then mapping has become an integral part of work undertaken by emergency services. The ESRI UK Conference on October 29 illustrated how far mapping has come since 1854 and the benefits of the latest technological advancements.
When the BAPCO Journal last covered VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology we went to a conference at the London Fire Brigade museum which discussed both the positives and the problems this technology offers. One year on, and the technology is becoming an important part of emergency service command and control and telephony systems.
In November the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee put forward a report calling for further investment in mobile data. BAPCO Journal spoke to a number of key players in the industry to find out what they believe the future holds for mobile data in 2009.
It may only be January but thoughts are already turning to the BAPCO Show in April, to be held at the Islington Design Centre in London. Last year’s show attracted over 1,000 visitors and over 120 exhibitors from across the emergency service, Local Authorities and Government departments concerned with contingency planning and resilience. Dan Worth reports.