City of Danville Implements Exalt Microwave Systems to Upgrade Emergency Responder Network
Aug 09, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Exalt Communications, Inc., a provider of packet microwave backhaul systems, announced that the City of Danville, Virginia has upgraded an aging copper network infrastructure with high performance Exalt microwave systems.
According to a release, the microwave network provides radio service for police, fire, public works, and utility departments within the city and eliminates monthly recurring lease line charges.
Exalt said Danville is a city of 43,000 located along Virginia's southern border. The city had long used leased copper T1 lines to carry radio traffic for its public agencies, but the copper was degrading, and the city needed another solution. By choosing ExploreAir all-outdoor microwave systems from Exalt, the city not only reduced its monthly operating expense (OPEX) costs, but now "owns the network."
"We replaced the copper with microwave for higher reliability and availability, and also to bring the network in-house," said Erik Chambers, communications systems manager for the City of Danville. "Exalt supplied the zero-footprint, all-outdoor systems that we wanted, and we have saved thousands of dollars by eliminating the cost of leased circuits in our network."
Additionally, GCS Electronics & Communications of Martinsville, VA deployed the Exalt microwave systems. In addition to their all-outdoor design, the Exalt ExploreAir systems use Cat5e cabling, which was needed in the tight space in existing conduit at the tower sites. While the systems deliver four T1s of connectivity today, the City of Danville will ultimately use Ethernet data connectivity on the systems as well.
"Communications links are lifelines for first-responders and the communities they serve," said Joe Schraml, Exalt vice president of product management. "However, municipalities are always under pressure to reduce costs. Exalt enables cities like Danville to stretch their budgets while, at the same time, support their first-responders and city services personnel with systems that deliver fiber-quality performance and the highest reliability under all conditions."
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