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Exalt Communications Provides Rock County Communications Center with Microwave Backhaul

June 21, 2012

Exalt Communications Provides Rock County Communications Center with Microwave Backhaul

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
TMCnet Contributor

Exalt (News - Alert) Communications just announced its microwave backhauled system for emergency communications is now in use at the Rock County Communications Center in Wisconsin. This will make sure the center can get its backhaul network into a digital system, effectively reducing its running costs.

The Rock County Communications Center right now provides telecommunications support to 26 fire, police and EMS departments, and is also the only center with a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in the entire state, giving it a very high degree of responsibility.

Exalt's backhaul network will include support for voice, wireless and P25 LMR communications – something the center was really looking forward to finding in Exalt's product. The network consists of Exalt's ExtendAir microwave systems for outdoor use, which use a between 4.9 and 18 GHz.

What Exalt is giving the center will also give virtually every site a dedicated 100-Mbps connection, ensuring quick communications where they matter the most.

Installation of the network took place with General Communications, a company partnered with Exalt that specializes in installing these systems to meet the high demands of customers that want them.

"Exalt's engineering recommendations have always been right, so we decided to use Exalt systems to replace our old T1 lines to save money, provide more stable connectivity, and do more with increased bandwidth,” said David Sleeter, director of the Rock County Communications Center. “We expect five nines of uptime, and we've gotten it. Right now we're working to migrate all our backhaul traffic to IP with the same uptime and reliability we've grown to expect from Exalt. That work is planned for this summer, and in the future, we see it supporting new services like in-car video for our police force."

"Government regulations are pushing public safety agencies to unify their communications infrastructures with an eye toward system interoperability, but this creates new challenges for reliability, redundancy and cost,” said Exalt's senior director of Product Marketing, Mark Davis. “For agencies like the Rock County Communications Center, one infrastructure has to serve it all. If the backhaul network goes down, they can't rely on switching over to separate fire or police systems. We build Exalt systems to meet this challenge and deliver the stringent performance, security, and network availability requirements of public safety agencies while decreasing their backhaul network costs."

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Edited by Braden Becker
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