MIEMSS Selects Black & Veatch Firm to Oversee Communications Upgrade
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | Comments

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) chose Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI), a Black & Veatch company, to serve as the systems integrator and to oversee the design and implementation of an upgrade of its communications system.

The legacy system is approaching the end of its anticipated lifespan. MIEMSS is one of the United States’ most complex communications systems for connecting pre-hospital care emergency responders.

Integrated by OCI and designed by Black & Veatch, the upgraded system will employ a future-ready, all-digital IP solution that will deliver a more robust and resilient communications system.

The current MIEMSS communications system consists of a two-way analog radio system connected by microwave, fiber, and/or landline systems that link EMS providers, ambulance, paramedic vehicles, Maryland State Police medevac helicopters and hospitals, emergency departments, trauma and other specialty centers. The system’s legacy backbone has constrained its growth and its ability to support future data applications and emerging technologies.

“We design our mission-critical networks with layers of redundancy and resiliency, all focused on the critical service provided by first responders,” said Preethi Pillaipakkam, business director of connected communities, within Black & Veatch’s telecom business. “The upgraded MIEMSS system will be a significant leap with respect to technology, redundancy and resiliency, increasing safety for the citizens and first responders of Maryland.”

OCI will oversee a team of partners. The engineering design services are provided by Black & Veatch; the backhaul solution is provided by Infinity Technology Solutions, a reseller of Nokia products; voting and console solutions are provided by InterTalk Critical Information Systems; and the IP networking solution is provided by DiSys Solutions, a reseller of Cisco products. Commdex Consulting, Abis and Co., and ProCom will provide local installation, quality assurance and quality control support services.

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