The week of May 12th Comprehensive Communication Services (CCS) had the privilege of attending the 2014 Texas Emergency Management & Homeland Security Conference in San Antonio at the Convention Center Downtown. The conference attracts around 3,000 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers from across Texas and a big part of the focus is on mobile communication and power solutions for disaster recovery operations. CCS shared a large floor space area with Consolidated Telecom Services, Mutualink, and Google. On display was a live demonstration of one of our Mobile Emergency Response Center trailers that was equipped with a General Dynamics 1.35 meter auto acquire satellite dish, two PTZ video surveillance cameras with an on board DVR system, a Mutualink incident response management system, a AT&T ARMZ cellular system, CradlePoint LTE modem, Cummins Onan 12,000 watt diesel generator, and Cisco hosted IP Phones. The actual Mobile Emergency Response Center on display was a unit that we have already provided to Harris County Sheriff’s Office out of Houston. They have procured 5 Mobile Emergency Response Center trailers from us over the past 2 years. Google had their very impressive Google Maps service on display and their new Google Glasses that were integrated into the Mutualink System. CTS had their LTE system and BATS auto acquire wireless on display and had a live working network connected in with UT Systems that provided a 300 mbs pipe down to the demo trailer.
For the 2nd year in a row we assisted Joey Clements who is the instructor for the State of Texas “All-Hazards Communications Technician” training course which shows First Responders the best practices and procedures common to radio communication technicians during all hazards emergency operations. The training was held in Arlington and was attended by First Responders from all over the State of Texas. As a part of the training class, Comprehensive Communication Services provided one of our demo Mobile Emergency Response Center satellite communication trailers to offer the class members a “hands-on” opportunity with some of the communication equipment they were being trained on. Emilee Fulton with Harris Radio also attended the training and assisted in some of the technology discussions.
The University of Texas in Dallas took delivery of their first Mobile Emergency Response Center satellite trailer in April 2014. This new mobile command center satellite equipped trailer was purchased by their Geology Department and will be used when their team travels around the country for geological digs and expeditions. The MERC was equipped with an AVL auto acquire satellite system that will provide data connectivity and Hosted IP Phone service while in the field doing this remote work. The MERC interior was equipped with desk space for work stations, lab work space, and ample storage. John S. Oldow is the head of the Geoscienses Division at UT in Dallas and was instrumental in the design and setup of the trailer.
Work continues on the new Mobile Emergency Response Centers for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the City of Tyler Texas Fire Department, and the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. Much more on these projects in next month’s update. Please contact me directly with any questions or comments.
Gary Collins – CEO