The first of its type in the UK, the high-tech vehicle features satellite, 4G and private LTE communications, while the built-in technology includes the ability to receive and view footage from remote static cameras, body worn cameras, UAV’s and the police helicopter.
The service are now rolling out a fully connected fleet to support various operational scenarios.
Recently awarded following test/evaluation is the connectivity onboard fire appliances to enable crews and first responders access to real time situational awareness; e.g. the ability to connect devices and access cloud based applications.
The technology provides interoperability across the fleet and scalability to respond across every incident type/risk factoring in the challenges to connectivity. The capability includes a Multi-Wan Router with integrated 4G and Wi-Fi, 4G optimisation antenna (Excell) and Video streaming of connected cameras e.g. bodyworn, vehicle CCTV.
The technologies provide a platform to enhance incident management linking control room(s) and on scene tactical and operational commanders to support shared situational awareness. This includes Interoperability between Police, Fire and Ambulance with the ability to link and share information.
The integration of resilient communications platforms and other technologies across the fleet and incident ground provides the highest level of situational awareness of an incident for all commanders and specialist responders, whether on scene or at a remote location. It also supports coordinated working with other agencies involved in an incident.
As digital transformation progresses, we are enhancing our Existing JCU and MASAT capability with scalable and reliable connectivity solutions onboard our fire appliances. This will enable responders first on scene guaranteed access to the internet with the ability to automatically deploy additional levels of resilience should it be required.
Factoring in the complex environment that our teams face when deployed on-scene we have worked with Excelerate to provide a dynamic, scalable and resilient solution across our fleet – it improves communication and the ability to seamlessly receive and share real-time operational information as well as support with ongoing training and post incident reviews.
Group Commander and NILO