September 13, 2007 By News Report
Although most vehicles the size of an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) or larger can be used for emergency response vehicles, Spacenet's vehicle is based on a GM H2 Hummer. Spacenet's ECV can include a fully integrated high-performance satellite communications link; LAN (Local Area Network) communications gear including a digital phone, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) units, laptop PC, and video surveillance equipment; and multiple power interfaces for a generator or other standby power. The satellite link is built around an auto-acquisition antenna mounted to the roof of the vehicle.
With the introduction of its new ECV, Spacenet now provides services to design and produce custom mobile satellite communications systems incorporated into vehicles for disaster recovery and first responder organizations. The equipment can be connected to Spacenet's high-performance Connexstar satellite service or to other private services.
Spacenet senior vice president of marketing and corporate development David Myers said, "Mobile emergency response vehicles have become a critical component for emergency response and disaster recovery efforts, and the demand has been increasing. There are many companies offering services to build emergency communications vehicles, but most of them focus only on integrating equipment. Unlike these companies, Spacenet offers services to design and produce a completely integrated custom solution that includes all necessary components - vehicle, equipment and mobile satellite communications services. Complete solutions like Spacenet's customized Emergency Communications Vehicle are designed to make the mission of emergency response personnel easier."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.