Located just outside Minneapolis, Minn., the Emergency Operations Training Facility (EOTF) helps meet the training and response needs of the Minneapolis Fire Department, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the City’s Emergency Management Division, along with other regional partners.
“The initiative for an advanced EOC really started to grow in urgency after September 11th tragedies, and quickly gained momentum with the local bridge collapse in 2008,” says Dave Roth, the city’s BIS public safety applications support manager. “In addition, the logistics of planning and coordinating for the Republication National Convention underscored the needs for state-of-the art emergency preparedness.”
Primary Challenge, Advanced Solutions
“The primary challenge was an interesting one: How do you create something that’s state-of-the-art, that does everything you need it to do, and that you know how to operate that only gets activated once every decade?” notes Gerry Pehl, AVI-SPL design engineer. “The EOC required systems in which every component is capable of robust, reliable, operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week,” Pehl adds. “Even the slightest compromised performance in any of the center’s systems can quickly result in tragic consequences.”
Installed technology includes:
- Crestron DigitalMedia, TPS touch panel and e-control XPanel
- DNP video wall technology (160″ x 120″ screens) for monitoring
- Cisco video conferencing codecs
- Polycom SoundStructure for all audio signal processing, acoustic echo-cancellation, and teleconference dialing
- Tannoy ceiling speakers
- SMART Sympodium for facility-wide annotation capabilities
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“With the use of this new monitoring system, our personnel can look at a picture and understand it almost instantly,” says Deputy Chief John Allen, a veteran of the Minneapolis police department. “Through video, we can get information to people a lot faster – especially when time is critical.”
Learn what city officials had to say about the facilities’ latest innovations, and how productivity and response time have improved emergency operations for Minneapolis.