Thursday, September 16, 2010

Network Installation in Emergency Communications Trailer

Matt Bessette and Michelle Loveday, members of the Regional Disaster Services Technology Team (DST) spent the day on September 16th moving PCs, running cables, connecting monitors, loading software and testing everything in the Emergency Communications Trailer headquartered in Burlington.  They were doing all this work as part of the computer network installation being done in the trailer to increase the capabilities of that response resource during times of emergency.

The network setup consists of a server and two workstations in the trailer with the capability to allow others to connect to the system whenever the trailer is on a disaster site. 

Next, the team will be installing a Cradlepoint MBR1000 3G/4G Mobile Broadband N Router which will provide the trailer with the capability to have internet access using aircards.  A great use for this connectivity is having laptops in a shelter connecting to the Red Cross "Safe and Well' Website when there are no internet capabilities in the shelter facility itself. 

There is more to come and we will be sure to keep you updated here on the Regional News and Notes.  You can check out the project photos on our Flickr site by clicking here.