Canadian 911 Center Deploys Exalt for Backbone Network
Published on: 17th May 2013
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Canada's Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) has deployed a microwave backhaul systems supplied by Exalt Communications to transport communications among 40 public safety agencies in British Columbia's Capital Region.
The system will be supporting some 2,000 police, fire, and EMT personnel responding to an average of eight million calls a year.
CREST was formed in 2001 in the Capital Region of British Columbia to bring together disparate public safety agencies in a unified radio network. The agencies had been using over 30 different radio systems. In most cases, critical communications links among these systems were not possible - hampering communications.
In late 2012, CREST decided to upgrade its network to IP capability to support migration to next-generation P25 and 700 MHz radio networks. The Center developed a plan to replace existing 900 MHz links with 15 GHz microwave links and use23 GHz microwave links to connect the network to various dispatch centers.
"We run an IDU/ODU split-mount configuration, and Exalt was the only manufacturer we were able to find that could supply radios in that configuration supporting those frequency bands," said Bill Sidaway, operations manager at CREST. "Deploying the split-mount radios from the same manufacturer in all of my key locations makes it easier to spare and maintain the network, and to train my crew." he added.