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M/A-COM VIDA technology enhances safety at Super Bowl XLI

LOWELL, MA—Tyco Electronics’ M/A-COM business, a worldwide leader of critical radio communication systems, announced that its VIDA technology was successfully deployed to enhance and extend interoperable public safety communications before, during and after Super Bowl XLI, played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. On this special project M/A-COM worked closely with its service partner Cooper-General, headquartered in Miami, to deploy the VIDA network solution.

The M/A-COM VIDA technology augmented interoperable communications between law enforcement agencies that provided security for Super Bowl XLI. Agencies using the system included the Miami-Dade County Police Department, other local agencies in the Miami-Dade area, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Miami-Dade County Fire Department, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI. Throughout the duration of the project, M/A-COM and Cooper General worked in cooperation with Miami-Dade County’s Enterprise Technology Services Department (ETSD) to deploy the enhanced VIDA system.

“The safety of the hundreds of thousands of fans and visitors that came to the Miami area for the Super Bowl was the chief concern for all of the law enforcement officials present, and the ability of these agencies to easily communicate with each other whenever necessary was a huge boost in our efforts to ensure the public’s safety,” said Sergeant Robert Sisley, Miami-Dade Police Department. “It was reassuring for all of us at the Miami-Dade Police Department to know that we could connect with other law enforcement officials instantly to work together to keep this year’s Super Bowl XLI safe for all participants.”

The M/A-COM VIDA network platform is a cost-effective, IP-based interoperable radio communications technology that supports P25 and other IP-based systems. VIDA is the platform that enabled a recent demonstration of the new P25 Inter RF SubSystem Interface (ISSI) networking standard with another manufacturer. It provides a full IP management platform including interoperability without intervention of console operators, IP consoles, networking technology for both the P25 phase I and P25 phase II standards, plus many other benefits inherent in open IP architecture systems.

The VIDA platform also provided interoperable communications with state law enforcement agencies throughout Florida using Florida’s Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS), a statewide radio communications system deployed and maintained by M/A-COM for public safety and public service users throughout the state.

“M/A-COM was proud to provide this interoperability technology solution to law enforcement and public safety officials during this Super Bowl game that attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the Miami area,” said Fred Gallart, South Area sales director, Tyco Electronics M/A-COM. “Certainly, the full deployment of our VIDA network solution on the Miami-Dade system contributed directly to the safety and security of Super Bowl XLI. As an added benefit, all public safety users in this area can now experience the real benefits of having true interoperable communications at their fingertips.”

Published in Public Safety IT, Mar/Apr 2007

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