East Bay Regional Communications System Inks Agreement with Aviat Networks
Jun 29, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Aviat Networks, Inc., a company focusing on microwave networking solutions, has announced a multi-year agreement with the East Bay Regional Communications System (EBRCS) to provide mission-critical 24/7 remote monitoring for its public safety network through Aviat Networks' Network Operations Centers (NOCs).
Aviat Networks reported that it will remotely monitor and manage EBRCS radio sites that unify first responder communications throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties around the clock from its primary NOC in Texas. A backup NOC in Silicon Valley will provide disaster recovery services for this emergency communications system (EMS). Geographically diverse NOC locations assure that any localized natural disasters will not affect management or security of this vital public infrastructure.
According to a release, the operator trusts its partner's AviatCare Managed Services to provide for proactive monitoring of the EBRCS network and to completely control its EMS. In addition, it ensures full technical support of the equipment and system capabilities. This mission-critical radio network will support more than 12,000 EMS users throughout the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. Their P25 voice communications will be handled in real time with minimized latency, and public safety data communications will be transported by this crucial system, which will serve as the backbone for EMS users throughout this region of California.
Specifically for EBRCS's emergency communications system, Aviat Networks, through its AviatCare NOC Managed Services, said will allow the public safety network operator to:
-Lower network management costs, contracted NOC services from AviatCare lower operating expenses 25 percent or more compared to in-house NOC services, result of economies of scale
-Increase network uptime, service interruptions are minimized with Aviat Networks management/escalation processes based on eTom compliant tools/processes executed by experienced NOC engineers, and in case of disaster, backup NOC ensures seamless operations
"By providing both primary and backup NOC services to the East Bay Regional Communications System, Aviat Networks manages its mission-critical network so that it does not fail, because it must not fail," says Tony Ljubicich, VP of North America Sales and Services, Aviat Networks. "Our NOC Managed Services help EBRCS achieve its goal of making this regional emergency communications system network fully interoperable among its more than 30 member government agencies."
The Company added that the EBRCS contract includes extending its existing microwave network with the Aviat Eclipse Packet Node microwave transmission platform and implementing Aviat's ProVision Network Management System (NMS), which will provide integrated monitoring and control of both the new Eclipse and existing microwave radio systems.
The East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA) was created with the formation of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). In California State Statue, a JPA is viewed as an independent governmental agency with the same powers that accrue to one of the member agencies.
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