City of Vancouver’s Emergency Operations Centre

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To facilitate fail-safe emergency response communication during high-profile events, and on an ongoing basis, Applied Electronics’s Vancouver team has completed a significant installation for the City of Vancouver’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in the E-Comm building located in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The Vancouver EOC coordinates emergency response teams from Vancouver’s police and RCMP, fire and rescue, traffic management, city engineering services, health authority and more.  Staffed by personnel from city departments and trained volunteers, it supports all response activities in the field and provides overall direction to responders in emergency situations.  The 24/7 hub is critical to the safety of visitors, athletes, spectators and residents of Vancouver.

Powered by Christie HD405 single-chip DLP® high definition projectors and the Christie TVC-1210 display wall controller, the EOC features a 26-foot wide Da-Lite screen with a pixel resolution of 3840 x 1080.  It is used for emergency mapping, linking to emergency response centres, television coverage and news feeds.  Twelve Sharp 46” LCD monitors are also included in the system with a large JBL sound system and a Magenta 48x48 matrix switcher linking all components of the system.  Crestron software and a TPS-17 touchpanel control the system.

In addition to the installation in the Emergency Operations Centre, Applied Electronics installed a Christie LW400 3LCD projector in the Conference Room, which is used for smaller group collaboration and decision-making.  The Conference Room utilizes the projector in conjunction with a SMART Board SB685 interactive whiteboard and Polycom video conferencing system to aid in their emergency planning development.  Three Breakout Rooms, a Director’s Office and a Surveillance Room also house  Sharp 46” LCD monitors.

The installation was completed and operational in the summer of 2009 and ready for action as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games commenced in mid-February 2010.

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