Baltimore Implements Public TV Spectrum for Event Communications (6/28/12)
SpectraRep’s datacasting technology was used during Baltimore's recent Sailabration event to control and deliver secure video, files and priority messages instantly to officers in the field and six disparate public-safety command units, including vessels on the water. The technology used public broadcasting spectrum from Maryland Public Television (MPT) to securely deliver the public-safety data directly to emergency responders without relying on Internet and cell-phone spectrum used by the public.
“Sailabration was an elaborate event that had numerous operational challenges due to the extremely large number of people in attendance and the vast area of celebration throughout the city and waterways," said, Lt. Samuel Hood, director of law enforcement operations, Baltimore Police. "SpectraRep's technology gave Baltimore's unified command the ability to efficiently control all the law enforcement units involved and provide them with reliable data connectivity so everyone was working together at all times. The technology increased our situational awareness and allowed our officials to identify potential threats and disseminate emergency response information quickly."
More than 200,000 people attended Sailabration June 13 – 19 in Baltimore. The event consisted of 20 tall ships from around the world, 20 U.S. Navy gray hulls including the U.S.S. Fort McHenry, and five U.S. Coast Guard cutters. Event activities spanned more than 6.5 miles of navigational water from the Francis Scott Key Bridge to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Six command units were in place to secure the event.
Using the MPT statewide network of TV transmitters, law enforcement officers were able to transmit live video from 15 cameras. Large amounts of emergency information such as evacuation routes, crisis plans and other data were also available for transport as needed to officers in the field and fixed operations centers run by the Navy, Coast Guard, Maryland Emergency Management and more. Secure text messaging was also used during the event over the MPT signal. MPT uses six full-power transmitters to cover the entire state.
The U.S. Park Police used the technology last July 4 in Washington.
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