Friday, April 6, 2012
Falcon Direct provides portable interoperability solution for Perry E911
Falcon Direct has delivered the nations first Portable Interoperable Command System (PICS) to Perry County E911 in Uniontown, Alabama. Like many rural E911 centers, need often exceeds budget, but the requirement for 24/7 dispatch capability is not an option. It is a necessity!
Until now, small rural E911 centers have relied almost completely on high cost radio service contracts to assure the ability to communicate when necessary. Unfortunately, the providers of these radio service contracts are often small shops that may be unavailable when needed. With unprecedented hurricane and tornado activity throughout many southern states, the risk of power failure, antenna and/or tower damage, and even the loss of a building is more than just a remote possibility. It is a very real threat.
The PICS radio controller uses a Thales Liberty multi-band 2-way radio, manufactured in the USA by Thales Communications. This incredible radio covers VHF, UHF, 700 and 800 MHz with conventional or trunked, analog or P25 digital, standard or encrypted operation. When you add a speaker microphone and remote antenna adapter, the Liberty radio becomes the perfect back up radio for E911, either at the dispatch center, for remote field operation, or in a temporary location in the event the main dispatch center is disabled.
Now when there is a problem with one of the dispatch control radios, the call takers can quickly switch to PICS, select the channel or channels required and keep communicating when technical help is not readily available. At Perry E911, all local county frequencies are installed as well as all Department of Homeland Security Interoperable channels for VHF, UHF, and 800 MHz. Since the Liberty radio is rechargeable battery powered, it can be used as a portable for any incident requiring on scene incident command. Click here for additional information.