'Next-generation network'

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has launched it's own 'next-generation network' as the last fibre-optic link between Preston and Heidelberg Fire stations.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has launched it's own 'next-generation network' as the last fibre-optic link between Preston and Heidelberg Fire stations.

Dubbed 'CommNet', the technology project adopted by the MFB is aimed at delivering a high-speed fibre network to 47 fire control centres, increasing efficiency and response times to emergency calls.

The network solution is made up of 500 km of dark fibre around Melbourne. The design is a first for any state fire brigade and according to Neil Wheeler, MFB's IT manager, the network also allows greater reliability and scalability.

"CommNet provides the platform that enables MFB the potential to: respond to emergency calls faster than ever before; communicate with operational staff more effectively; and provide a more reliable method of sharing information.

"CommNet is able to withstand a fault in the network, since the sites are equipped with backup power supplies and fitted with at least two fibre-optic cables, linking the sites via multiple paths to the network hub at Eastern Hill," said Wheeler.

The network links all MFB sites back to MFB headquarters at Eastern Hill via a fibre-optic connection. Three hundred and fifty separate agreements with 56 organisations made it possible to use almost 500 km of fibre-optic cable around Melbourne.

The solution was created for MFB to converge its disparate networks into one private network offering MFB full control. The network almost has unlimited bandwidth and flexibility to support advanced applications such as VoIP and videoconferencing.

Article supplied by: www.uecomm.com.au

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