A suburban Philadelphia county is rolling out improved data communication for its emergency services with the installation of a new $5 million network and mobile laptop computers.
Chester County’s Department of Emergency Services says the equipment, provided by wireless communications giant Motorola, will have a positive impact on the way emergency responders receive and share information in the field.
Police vehicles serving the county are now being fitted with the rugged computers and installation in fire vehicles will follow. The roll out is expected to be completed later this year.
The system will allow faster transmission of critical information than was previously supported. It will also provide emergency crews with more incident information from dispatchers while they are en route to calls.
Police departments expect to be able to generate their arrest reports on the data system in their vehicles, and gain quicker access to databases for processing license plate and warrant checks.
Ed Atkins, director of emergency services for Chester County said, This opens a whole new era for us in data sharing. The ambulance crews are impressed with the amount of data they can store and the mapping and GPS capabilities.
The county received about 90% of the funding for the project from a Department of Homeland Security grant and a state department of health grant.