Blog   |   May 4 2020

ECX Pack comes to the ‘Rescue’ at key event.

ECX Pack wins approval over other 4G EPCs for First Responder Emergency Private Mobile networks

Shows its versatility at a combined public safety demonstration event in Canada


Personal Blog by Piers Powell, Head of Products

Back in March, Ray Downes (Head of Sales) and myself were delighted to attend a demonstration event hosted at the Vancouver Fire Training Centre.

Our ECX Pack solution had been selected as the EPC solution of choice after extensive side-by-side testing against our competitors so it was a privilege to be able to go to Vancouver in person to witness the event.

The event was a demonstration Day to showcase the work and findings from the past 12 months of the Public Services Broadband Network (PSBN) project. A Canadian project to test and demonstrate how a number of Telecoms solutions and technologies can work together and how they can help the British Columbia emergency services.

The main aims of the PSBN project in Canada are to:

  • Act as a key enabler for the next generation of public safety information and communications services
  • Provide a secure, high speed, nationwide, wireless communications network
  • Remove reliance on the commercial networks as may need to operate in areas of poor coverage or in extreme circumstances where the commercial networks are inoperable
  • Designed for emergency responders and public safety personnel

Essentially, to answer the challenge – could 4G Private Mobile Networks be reliably and rapidly brought into service for use by multiple emergency response teams across a variety of use cases and scenarios, in any location?

Quortus’ involvement within the PSBN Testbed was to provide a ECX Pack 1000 Series 4G EPC driving 3rd party eNode B’s over which the Demonstration days activities would be run

The demos utilised the 700MHz public safety PSBN band and included:

  • Handheld and Wearable User Devices
  • E-Comm Emergency Mobile Unit (deployable PSBN site)
  • External controllable cameras
  • Drone providing live airborne video
  • Multi Command Vehicles with PSBN connectivity

The idea was to test out several potential use cases, such as:

  • Improve continuous monitoring
  • Reduce the time to identify incidents
  • Optimize the time to make decisions
  • Improve response time and coordination
  • Enable situational awareness and proactive education

We were delighted to be associated with such a progressive and well-run project and credit to the Vancouver Fire Rescue Services and The British Columbia Emergency Health Services, and E-Comm911 for these photos and a fantastic day.

Piers Powell
Head of Products

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