Fire control system at Coolangatta

Monday, 18 January, 2010


C4i has commissioned into service the first of 20 fire control centre switchplus systems being delivered to Aviation Rescue & Fire Fighting of Airservices Australia.

The system was accepted by ARFF and went into operation at Coolangatta Airport, Queensland, Australia.

The project was begun 14 months ago and has developed an integrated emergency response system for ARFF, intergrating a variety of existing systems and providing automated services to assist in the response to incidents.

The system uses VoIP and includes capability to interface to legacy systems in both analog and digital domains.

The national rollout of the system for VoIP-based communications, alarm and monitoring functionality at fire stations across the remaining 19 airports will be completed this year.

The system takes advantage of the distributed architecture of SwitchplusIP to provide a national emergency response system. The company believes this system is a world first in nationally networking airport fire control centre command and control systems.

The solution, adopted by Airservices, provides greater flexibility under numerous operational use scenarios. Using IP, Airservices will be able to remotely monitor and control alarms and communications of any airport fire station from any other station within the nation. This application provides a seamless integration of airport fire station communications, including telephony, radio, aviation emergency response hotlines, and integrated building and alarm control and monitoring systems.

The systems are already operating in multiple airports in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

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