Systems integrator, Dimension Data, hopes the Cisco-based IP mobile command centre that it has helped Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) deploy will show other businesses that mobile IP and network convergence is no longer a pipe dream.
The QFRS mobile command centre, installed by Dimension Data, consists of a Cisco 1760 Gateway, Aironet 1200 Wireless Access Point, a 3560 power over Ethernet switch and several Cisco 7960 IP Phones. It fits in the back of standard van, or in several station wagons.
When the system is connected to the satellite dish, it provides voice, data, and video communications and network links to DES headquarters at Kedron Park in Brisbane.
National business manager, David Hanrahan, said the company assisted in the integration of the satellite and the wireless technology, and the general convergence.
"This type of solution over satellite links with latency obviously has a lot of issues around QOS, call scheduling and the integration of all pre-existing components so that they work seamlessly with the mobile offices," he said.
"We are now at the next stage where we are starting to deliver other business applications over that link as well."
Hanrahan said this was a significant partnership that had taken 18 months of consultation to get to the point of deployment.
"It's great to be working with a client that understands the whole process of what they are trying to achieve rather than just having a desire for convergence technology for technology's sake," he said.
"It is significant too, to show people that this technology works. There's actually very good reason for deploying mobile video, voice and data networks and we can successfully do it now. It's not the pipe dream any more."
Hanrahan said converged networks and mobile IP solutions were a growing trend, but he hoped this partnership with QFRS would help light the path for other businesses looking to converge their networks.