Cisco has unveiled a prototype mobile command vehicle at Cisco Live, which is set to significantly enhance the National Safety Agency's ability to respond to an emergency.
The agency has worked with the company to design a connected truck known as the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle.
The ESIC vehicle aims to provide a mobile command and control capability to address all hazards and to link all agencies involved in an emergency situation.
The National Safety Agency is the first to extend this type of capability to support the community and leads the world in terms of the magnitude at which it is deploying the ESIC vehicle around Australia.
National Safety Agency chair, Des Bahr, said, the prototype was concieved following a series of series of government reports highlighting the requirement for significant change and improvement in emergency services communications during emergency situations.
"We decided to embark on the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle proof-of-concept with support from Cisco," he said.
"The ESIC vehicle showcases technology in an operational context to inspire and assist with the creation of a vision for the public safety sector and other industries with emergency management responsibilities, such as the mining industry," said Des Bahr, Chair of the National Safety Agency.
In an emergency situation it is imperative that field communications be highly mobile and rapidly deployable.
When activated, the ESIC vehicle meets these demands by being a self-contained vehicle in which all technology travels together in close proximity to the incident. Once on-scene, the ESIC vehicle is fully operational within 15 minutes, and trained operators can immediately begin to manage and monitor the event.
The events could be fire, flood, tsunami, cyclone, marine pollution, large crowd monitoring, or a terrorist event.
Cisco is supporting the ESIC vehicle by providing a range of technology solutions to help the National Safety Agency achieve its mandate of "Better Information, Better Decisions and Better Outcomes for Safer Communities".
These benefits includes improved incident response communications. A spokesperson for Cisco said the primary purpose of the ESIC vehicle was to provide a dispatch and incident response and command centre for emergency services and public safety personnel when dealing with incidents.
With Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS), emergency responders using two-way radios commonly known as "handheld radios" can quickly and reliably communicate with people using telephones, mobiles, computers and other devices such as tablets.
For example, during an incident response, a central controller can be connected to police, urban and rural firefighters such as the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA), the Bureau of Meteorology, State Emergency Service (SES) and other personnel through Cisco IPICS.
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