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MCP Provides Expertise to Lubbock, TX Emergency Communications District

In Summary:

  • The Lubbock Emergency Communication District (ECD) needed a way to interconnect the eight emergency communications centers (ECCs) it supports, enhance its 911 call-handling capabilities, and position itself well for the transition to Next Generation 911 (NG911) service.
  • Mission Critical Partners was hired by the district to support its efforts to replace its call-routing and call-handling systems, implement a fiber-optic network, and build a new administrative center, which houses its data and training centers, and which also can serve as a backup ECC.
  • Today the district has a new emergency services Internet Protocol network (ESInet), new hosted 911 call-routing and call-handling capabilities and more.

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MCP Helps NCT911 Improve Its Crisis Communications

In Summary:

  • A 911 service interruption occurred in September 2018 that required the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ 911 Program (NCT911) to communicate with internal and external stakeholders during the crisis—a task made more difficult because a crisis communications plan didn’t exist at the time.
  • MCP subject-matter experts thoroughly assessed the steps taken by NCT911 to communicate information about the outage to the affected internal and stakeholders, and assess their effectiveness in reaching those groups.
  • A crisis communications plan subsequently was completed by NCT911 that contains several actions based on the recommendations provided by MCP.

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MCP's Support Helps Story County, Iowa Replace Obsolete Radio System

In Summary:

  • The public safety radio system used by county, city and university agencies was near end of life and was experiencing significant performance and maintenance issues.
  • The county partnered with Mission Critical Partners to support its efforts to procure a new radio system.
  • Some users have operated on a temporary bridge system since February 2020; the migration of all users to the full system is expected to be complete by mid-2021.

Background

Story County, Iowa, is located in the center of the state and has a population of about 98,000. Its largest city is Ames, which is home to Iowa State University (ISU), the state capital and is is located about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

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MCP's Helps Manatee County, FL Replace Aging AV System

In Summary:

  • Manatee County's audiovisual system that served the county’s public safety complex was experiencing significant issues concerning reliability, lack of flexibility and difficult-to-view screens.
  • The county partnered with Mission Critical Partners to provide subject-matter expertise and to guide and support the procurement process.
  • The new system is extremely flexible, even allowing users working remotely to access it, which has been an important benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background

Manatee County is located along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It is bordered by the cities of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg to the north, Hardee and DeSoto counties to the east, the city of Sarasota to the south, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. 

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MCP Helps TECB Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities at Emergency Communications Districts Across Tennessee

In Summary

  • The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board (TECB) provides management and operations support to Tennessee's 100 emergency communications districts (ECDs), which in turn provide emergency communications services to the state's citizens and visitors via 119 primary and 24 secondary or backup emergency communications centers.
  • Because of cybersecurity threats, the TECB decided that it needed a baseline security and cybersecurity assessment of Tennessee's 911 environment, and the Board partnered with Mission Critical Partners to conduct the assessment.
  • As part of the project, each ECC received a report that identified and prioritized the risks associated with its unique 911 network and system environment, as well as strategies and tactics that each ECC could use to improve its physical security and cybersecurity posture.

Background

The TECB is transitioning to a statewide emergency services Internet Protocol (IP) network (ESInet) that will provide the transport architecture necessary to deliver 911 calls to Next Generation 911 (NG911)-compliant ECCs. NG911 is an advanced broadband communications system that enables the transmission of real-time text, images and video, in addition to voice, to help improve emergency response. 

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