City of Inglewood Relies on PacStar to Deploy Mobile Emergency Operations Center New System Ensures Public Safety and Continuity of Operations During “The Great Southern California Shake Out” Drill
PacStarTM, a technology-based provider ofcommunications solutions to the military and government, announced today that the City ofInglewood in California has selected technology from PacStar and LGS, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), as the backbone of its Mobile-Emergency Operations Center (M-EOC).Inglewood will leverage the PacStar 5500 and LGS Tactical Base Station Router (TacBSRTM) toensure the City is able to communicate with disaster and emergency responders when existingcommunications have been cut off or destroyed.
In the initial stages of a disaster, communications with emergency personnel is critical todetermine the right level of response that will ultimately impact public safety. The M-EOC willbe used as a command center where local, state and federal officials can coordinate activities.Through the PacStar 5500 and LGS TacBSR, officials will have access to satellite voice, videoand data communications as well as the ability to set up a cellular network.
In addition, the technology gives the City of Inglewood the added benefit of running its 911emergency call center when existing communications have failed. Internet Technology officialssimply plug in a mirrored image of the server that runs the computer aided dispatch system intothe PacStar 5500. Within minutes, the City is able to dispatch police and public safety officers asneeded.
“Residing on top of the Newport-Inglewood Fault, we recognized the need for satellite-basedmobile communications that could be deployed in the event of a major disaster,” said MichaelFalkow, acting assistant city administrator for Inglewood . “The technology behind the MobileEmergency Operations Center gives us the ability to quickly set up and manage acommunications command center that will help us respond in a way that best meets the needs ofour citizens.
”Mobile Emergency Command Center Put to Test During Earthquake DrillLast week, more than 5,000 emergency responders from local, state and federal agenciesparticipated in the Golden Guardian 2008 exercise, which simulated a magnitude 7.8earthquake hitting the southern portion of California’s San Andreas fault. In conjunction withGolden Guardian, approximately five million Californians registered to take part in theShakeOut Drill (www.shakeout.org).
“After assessing the situation, we immediately deployed the Mobile Emergency CommandCenter,” said Michael Falkow. “Within 10 minutes, we had the PacStar 5500 up and running andwere able to make and receive calls. Additionally, we set up a private cell phone network throughthe PacStar 5500 that could be used by local, state and federal officials to coordinate theresponse.
”PacStar 5500 Based on IQ-CoreTM SoftwareThe PacStar 5500 is a self-managed, feature-rich and highly secure deployable communicationssystem contained within a lightweight and rugged case, and intended for use in disaster orremote areas, or war zones. The embedded IQ-CoreTM Software simplifies the user interfaceand eliminates the need for specialized IT staff in the field, reducing operational risk andmaking the PacStar 5500 an ideal solution for remote, unstable and/or high-risk environmentswhere rapidly deployable teams are paramount. IQ-Core Software is also an integral part ofPacStar’s Unified Communications (UC) solutions. The PacStar 6000-series of products enablefull UC functionality with all the benefits of the proven Cisco platform.
“Communications are often among the first systems to go down when a major disaster strikes,resulting in slow response times and an uncoordinated effort,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO ofPacStar. “The combined solution from PacStar and LGS gives local governments like the City ofInglewood the power to quickly and easily deploy a state of the art mobile communicationsplatform. Having the system at the ready, ensures city officials have access to reliable, easy touse communications, helping to save time and potentially lives.”
Pacific Star Communications (PacStarTM) is a leading technology-based systems integratorproviding total communications solutions that empower military, federal, state and localgovernments, and emergency responders with reliable, interoperable communicationscapabilities. Our patent-pending IQ-CoreTM software and hardware technology provide secure,command control and communications systems for any environment. In addition, PacStarprovides a full range of communications solutions to commercial businesses, as well astelecommunications service providers. For more information, please visit www.test.pacstar.com orcall 888-872-1512.
LGS, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), designs and delivers TransformedCommunications and R&D-based technology solutions to the U.S. government community.Leveraging the world-class R&D of Bell Labs and innovation of Alcatel-Lucent, with global reachand expertise, LGS challenges itself to solve the unsolvable and deliver secure, reliable,standards-based solutions to its customers. For more information about LGS visitwww.LGSinnovations.com.
About Golden Guardian
According to the California Governor’s Web site, Golden Guardian 2008 is the statewideemergency preparedness exercise and is paid for by federal homeland security grants. It will testcoordination between federal, state and local response and recovery among city, county, andstate agencies, community-based organizations and the private sector, as well as the state’sStandardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and mass care and shelter operations.
Dozens of state agencies participated, including the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security(OHS), Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol,CaliforniaVolunteers, Health and Human Services Agency, California Department ofTransportation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and others-all withcritical roles to play in the event of a disaster. The California National Guard, for example,simulated command and control of its more than 20,000 members in crucial areas such assecurity, transportation and equipment support for the exercise.