STEVENSVILLE, MD- Fairfax County (VA) Office of Emergency Management has taken delivery of an upgraded Suburban-based communication solution custom built and integrated by PEAKE.
In 2010, Fairfax County Emergency Management took delivery of a first-to-arrive mobile communication vehicle that provides radio communications and satellite data anywhere an incident dictates. Built and integrated on a 2010 Chevy Suburban platform, this mobile command system provides the agency with communication and command capability at a moment’s notice.
Recently, the Fairfax command unit was back at PEAKE for an upgrade in video capability. PEAKE installed several video components including a DirecTV antenna on the roof, two flat screen televisions into the rear compartment of the suburban, a rack-mounted Marshall monitor, and an Extron Video Switcher. The increased capability provides the agency with better situational awareness and function.
With a roof-mounted .96-meter auto-acquire satellite antenna and utilizing Tactical-IP™ satellite services provided turnkey with the unit, the Fairfax unit can be set-up in moments and can achieve connectivity speeds up to 5Mb/s download and 2Mb/s upload anywhere in the continental United States.
“The unit built by PEAKE will provide Fairfax County Emergency Management with a communications lifeline,” stated Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center manager Sulayman Brown. “As we begin to put the unit into service, I am confident we will see improved response and enhanced Emergency Management operations in the field with the help of the advanced communications that the unit provides.”
An integrated Airlink Raven X modem leverages the 3G network and provides communication coverage when the satellite is not being used. Built with rear-facing swivel seating and with dual rack mount computers, two operators are able to work concurrently and free of the outside elements. Rack and console mounted radios give the agency integrated LMR capability.
“PEAKE’s meticulous craftsmanship as well as their approach to integrated communications makes the Suburban unit a second to none product. The Emergency Management Unit is a state-of-the-art resource that will significantly benefit emergency response in our jurisdiction and beyond,” said Brown.
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management provides emergency operations planning, coordination, response and recovery throughout the county. Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The jurisdiction is home to many federal government agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and National Reconnaissance Office, as well as the National Counterterrorism Center and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
PEAKE is a technology solutions provider specializing in the design, development and implementation of IP-based emergency communications. PEAKE provides turnkey solutions in voice, video and data for first responders, disaster recovery and continuity of operations. www.peake.com