Cassidian Communications Installs VESTA(R)/Sentinel(R) 4 Emergency Call Taking System for Eight Indiana Counties
TEMECULA, CA, Aug 19, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, has
completed the installation of its VESTA(R)/Sentinel(R) 4 Next
Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) call taking system for eight counties
surrounding the Indianapolis, Ind. metropolitan area. The new
IP-based system streamlines emergency and administrative
communications for the 13 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) that
serve the region, which is commonly referred to as the "Indy Donut."
"By combining resources and implementing state-of-the-art 9-1-1
communications technology, we have created the path forward to
increase the protection of our communities," said Steve Cooke, 9-1-1
director for Hendricks County.
The VESTA/Sentinel 4 system supports the Indy Donut Consortium across
13 PSAPs and 88 call taking positions. Through its newly designed and
highly intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), telecommunicators
within the consortium have immediate access to incident-related
information, including caller location details and approach
instructions, which are essential to emergency dispatch and response.
The Indy Donut consortium encompasses Boone County; Hamilton County,
which includes the Noblesville Police Department; Hendricks County;
Johnson County, which includes the Franklin Police Department, the
Edinburgh Police Department, the Greenwood Police Department and the
New Whiteland Police Department; Madison County; Hancock County;
Shelby County, which includes the Shelbyville Police Department; and
Morgan County, which includes the Mooresville Police Department and
the Martinsville Police Department.
Equally beneficial to the Indy Donut PSAPs and the communities they
serve is the geo-diverse design of the VESTA/Sentinel 4 NG9-1-1 call
taking system. Establishing a single regional network designed to
provide true interoperability and greater collaboration, all eight
counties are now able to better communicate and act as one when
responding to emergencies such as natural disasters and hazardous
The fault-tolerant design of the Indy Donut's VESTA/Sentinel 4 system
includes two host sites. For maximum redundancy, each is capable of
running the entire network in the event that the other is
The Indy Donut counties funded the system through an Urban Area
Security Initiative (UASI) grant, which is part of the Homeland
Security Grant Program.
"Fortunately for us, UASI typically allocates more dollars to grant
applicants that support regionalized programs," said Cooke.
"Responsible for upholding public safety in eight counties, we were
lucky enough to receive the funds to help support the purchase of the
VESTA/Sentinel 4 system for all our PSAPs."
Several Indy Donut counties have also implemented other products and
services from Cassidian Communications, including the Aurora(R)
Management Information System (MIS) and the ORION(TM) Vela(R) mapping
solution to further expand their 9-1-1 operations and capabilities.
Later this year, consortium members Indianapolis Marion County (IMC)
and Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) -- which includes Indianapolis
Airport, Speedway Police Department, Lawrence Police Department and
the Perry Back-Up Center -- are scheduled to transition to the
VESTA/Sentinel 4 system. Collectively, the total number of 9-1-1 call
taking positions for the entire consortium will rise to 169.
"This powerful network places the counties associated with the Indy
Donut Consortium at the forefront for regionalization in public
safety communications in Indiana," said Mike Pavick, vice president
of sales for Cassidian Communications. "We are honored to be involved
in this project and feel confident that our VESTA/Sentinel 4 system
fully supports the continued public safety efforts of these
About Cassidian Communications (www.CassidianCommunications.com)
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is a global
leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications
technologies, including NG9-1-1 call-taking systems, emergency
notification solutions and services, and P25 land mobile radio
networks and LTE. For over four decades, Cassidian Communications has
upheld its promise to keep people connected when it matters most,
consistently designing solutions with an open mind and creating
smarter, more effective ways to ensure communities are safe. For
Cassidian Communications, CRITICAL MATTERS(TM). The company is
headquartered in Temecula, Calif., with facilities located in
Richardson, Texas, Franklin, Tenn. and Gatineau, Quebec.
About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global
leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes
more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over
225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North
America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of
advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements,
including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems,
public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and
threat detection systems.
Director of Marketing
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company
SOURCE: Cassidian Communications, Inc.
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