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Interesting Palm OS use for Fire Departments

Discussion in 'Other Smartphones and Mobile Operating Systems' started by ShoresGuy, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. ShoresGuy

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    My home county in CA (San Mateo County) uses a unique concept involving Palm PDAs and its OS to control certain aspects from the PDA. San Mateo County has a number city fire departments, Central County and North County fire departments. All are dispatched by San Mateo County Dispatch in Redwood City.

    Firedispatch.com is San Mateo Co.'s unique online real-time dispatch site which allows you to follow incidents as they are dispatched. You can also listen to the 3 primary dispatch channels as well as the tactical channels for fireground operations:

    http://www.firedispatch.com/
    http://www.firedispatch.com/console.asp

    Look here to see how "Authorized Agencies" use Palm OS devices to open station doors for example when they are dispatched to cover another city's fire station:

    http://www.firedispatch.com/palm.asp
     
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    That's cool. I know right before I stopped running rescue they had just installed CAD terminals in all of the fire & rescue stations. When a call was received for the station the computer would automatically print all information the dispatchers had on the call. You could just grab the sheet out of the printer on your way out the door.

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    That's the case here in Germany. I noticed this yesterday when I was in the engine bays of the full-time units. As soon as a call was dispatched over the radio, the printer would come to life and print out the details. In terms of pagers and radios, Cologne's FD uses mainly Motorola LX2 pagers and Motorola GP900 radios.

    There are plans to move to a Motorola TETRA-based trunked radio system but the unit commander giving me a couple hours instruction on the TLF told me that such a move wouldn't occur for at least another 10 years since it is a very costly move. Many in the department oppose it since the analog system is better. The TETRA-radio system is similar to the digital APCO-25 trunked system being used by many agencies in the US. Its use in Cologne would be mainly for the local police and probably also for the Federal Border Police.

    There are a number of Bosch portable radios (close to 15 or 20 years old) being used by the volunteer unit since Motorola's GP900 series is very expensive (1000 Euros per radio) but the unit has managed to get about 5 or so.

    The radio traffic is carried mostly in the 2m band (using a scanner shows it seems to be 86-87 Mhz).

    Motorola LX2 pager: http://www.motorola.com/governmenta....aspx?navigationpath=id_801i/id_958i/id_2302i

    Motorola GP900:
    http://www.funkmelderservice.de/pdf_gp900fug11.pdf
     
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