Frequentis, Hexagon to Supply Austria’s Command and Communications System
Monday, October 02, 2017 | Comments

Frequentis and Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure were selected to supply mission-critical technologies for the ELKOS Austria project, a nationwide, unified command and communications system. The companies will also support refurbishment of the current control-and-command system at the warning center in Lower Austria.

During the next few years, a central command and communications system for the federal police will be implemented for all of Austria, with the Federal Ministry of the Interior acting as contracting entity. The implementation will also support the fire brigades in Lower Austria, for which the Lower Austria State Administration acts as the contracting party.

ELKOS is a crucial element for streamlining the incident management processes for public-safety personnel in Austria. It provides the federal police and its nationwide control centers with the necessary technical foundation to ensure safe, reliable and efficient cooperation between different agencies and enable nationwide sharing of information. The joint project supports the Lower Austrian fire brigades in modernizing their alarm infrastructure.

The project is an important step toward a flexible, expandable and fully integrated command center infrastructure in Austria. The new infrastructure is designed to support the federal police’s business and tactical challenges and will ensure permanent sourcing and operating synergies between the federal and state administrations.

The system is based on an integrated solution of the two companies. The integrated solution selected for the ELKOS project is deployed by the three state disaster control agencies in Vienna, Styria and Vorarlberg, among other international customers. It combines three products for speech communications, command and control, and incident command. The capabilities enable police and rescue agencies to maintain reliable and efficient workflows in their daily operations as well as during major events.

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