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Gwent Police leads the way with new Incident Command Unit from Excelerate Technology
Gwent Police has unveiled what is almost certainly the most advanced mobile Incident Command Unit (ICU) to be ordered by the UK’s police service to date
“We worked hand in hand with Excelerate Technology to develop a bespoke solution that has met all our tactical, strategic and technological requirements within available budgets,” commented Simon Leonard of Gwent Police’s Emergency Planning Department. “We are extremely proud of our new mobile ICU which will enable us to better serve our local community and improve public confidence in our work.”
This advanced ICU has a roof mounted transportable satellite solution that enables real-time voice, data and video information to be shared with Gold Command to provide a common operating picture. The roofline was converted to provide a practical and spacious working environment for operational personnel working inside the vehicle where three workstations have been installed with ruggedised screens on which a wide range of specialised command support applications can be run. These include risk and asset management database information and email, instant messaging and video-conferencing.
Two large flat screen monitors have also been installed inside the ICU to enable silver command staff operating at the scene of an incident to view television news pictures and live video images transmitted into the vehicle from the external, mast-mounted CCTV camera or body worn cameras. An additional ‘heli-tele’
The ICU also features a wall-mounted electronic whiteboard and an internal CCTV camera with full audio recording for evidential and review purposes. Outside, a large touch screen display has been installed under a heated awning for outdoor briefing sessions.
According to David Savage, CEO of Excelerate Technology: “Our operational and technical expertise was called into play throughout the development of this vehicle which breaks new ground for the police. The finished ICU was demonstrated for the first time at the recent Emergency Services Show where it generated high levels of interest from police forces across the UK looking to enhance their civil contingency capabilities.”
Gwent’s new ICU has already been deployed to a number of major incidents and played a pivotal role during Operation Utah on 11th December 2009. This large-scale operation targeted travelling criminals in Gwent and involved more than 150 police officers from 6 forces and representatives from the DVLA, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), VOSA (Vehicle Inspectorate)
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About Excelerate Technology
Excelerate Technology is the market leader in the supply and integration of satellite and wireless-based data, voice and video applications on Mobile Incident Command and Control and Communications Support Vehicles used by the emergency services. It also offers a range of similar solutions for use in fixed and mobile environments for a wide range of other market sectors including education, utilities, medical, sport and commercial.
Excelerate Technology operates and manages its own satellite and private GSM network from its International Headquarters near Cardiff in the UK. The company offers a complete single source solution by providing full training and support to complement its expert design, development, supply and integration capabilities.
For further information, please visit www.excelerate.info