Catalyst Technology Survives Hawaii Quakes (10/19)
Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Comments
Catalyst Communications Technologies announced that all Honolulu Police radio voice communications were routed over the Catalyst system during the recent earthquake and subsequent aftermath. The Honolulu police and fire departments operate a M/A-COM EDACS 800 MHz radio system and use Catalyst's IP Radio solution as a backup dispatch tool. Two earthquakes, magnitudes 6.6 and 5.8, hit the state of Hawaii Oct. 15, causing landslides and structural damage to buildings and bridges. Power was out across the island of O'ahu for about 18 hours. Previously, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) had planned an upgrade to its main dispatch center, and Catalyst's IP Radio was to be used as the only dispatch tool during the move of the primary consoles from the Alapai police station to the backup center at Kapolei. The earthquakes struck just as the Honolulu Police Department was temporarily relocating from its primary dispatch center as part of the upgrade project. HPD was operating on the Catalyst RCoIP alternate dispatch equipment at the time. After stabilizing the situation and making sure that communications were functioning properly, the dispatch center relocation project continued. The Catalyst technology was used for more than five hours as HPD managed the repercussions of the earthquakes.

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