The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Ottawa County, Canada has upgraded its fire departments’ paging system using a Simoco simulcast based solution. The aim of the deployment is to bring more reliable emergency alerts to fire personnel across the County.
The new Simoco simulcast based system supports 250 pagers which will notify fire personnel of emergencies in their respective town, city or township and was provided by Cleveland Communications, Inc.
The system comprises Simoco Solar 2 analogue simulcast technologies which feature Solar-Sync principles of a plug and play digital IP simulcast and voting solution and includes four network interfaces and a traffic manager which then interface with a third party base station and paging network.
The reason for the new deployment was that the legacy system was outdated and relied on sending two pages for each call-out to ensure that at least one alert was received by emergency responders. This, coupled with the need to replace aging hardware, were the main drivers in the EMA deciding to upgrade the fire paging system.
Simoco’s simulcast technology now provides reliable coverage over the entire county, broadcasting alerts across multiple overlapping sites on the same frequency.
Fred Petersen, Ottawa County EMA director, commented: “The new system is light years more advanced when compared to what we were previously working with. When you are dealing with emergencies, you can’t gamble with getting alerts to responders – response times are crucial to saving lives and property. What we have now are clear pages received across Ottawa County for the VHF Fire Paging System, all of the time.”
Alan Close, President of Cleveland Communications, Inc. added: “The set-up and installation was really fast and straightforward – we set it up and programmed in the parameters and then it was quite simple to take it into the field and get it working. Because the Simoco kit is interoperable we have been able to link together the system components that we wanted to keep, so have delivered cost efficiencies too.”