Dallas upgrades emergency communications network

Dallas upgrades emergency communications network

The city of Dallas is installing an IP-based packet microwave radio network to enhance the responsiveness of emergency services and provide high-speed networking to other municipal departments.

The new network, provided by Alcatel-Lucent, will support the existing land mobile radio (LMR) communications system used by personnel in the city’s police and fire departments, as well as municipal public works employees.

The network will also provide high-speed, high-capacity data connections between city facilities, enabling enhanced voice and data communications for applications such as unified communications, video surveillance and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition).

In support of this project Alcatel-Lucent announced it will deploy its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio, along with the 7705 Service Aggregation Router to manage Ethernet, TDM and video services at each microwave site. The new network will be managed end-to-end by the 5620 Service Aware Manager network manager.

This replaces an older microwave system, and provides capacity that will support eventual deployment of more advanced P25- and LTE-based radio systems.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing a full suite of professional services including network design and engineering, frequency planning and licensing, tower construction, installation and commissioning and field maintenance.

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