Wireless Wan comes to fire brigade's rescue


Wireless Wan comes to fire brigade's rescue

Antony Savvas

Strathclyde Fire Brigade has boosted its wide area network data bandwidth 100-fold by adopting a wireless solution from NTL.

The fire brigade wanted better performance from its network, which had previously relied on much slower and more expensive leased lines and ISDN. As well as improving performance, Strathclyde wanted to cut costs for the network, which links seven main operation centres.

Providing bandwidth of 34Mbps, the new radio network also links a large number of fire stations to the operation centres, all via wireless antennas placed on fire brigade buildings.

Strathclyde Fire Brigade Wan project manager Kenny Fraser, said, "Our network users have noticed a vast improvement in network efficiency and speed since the new system was activated. It was clear to us that this particular package ensured future-proofing, allowing for network upgrades to be readily and economically achieved."

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