The current MIEMSS communications system consists of a two-way analog radio system connected by microwave, fiber, and/or landline systems that link emergency medical services 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 the following 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 Company, and ProCom Corporation will provide local installation, quality assurance and quality control support services. Editor’s note: Black & Veatch has Maryland offices in Gaithersburg and Columbia, where the company employs more than 50 professionals. The company’s strong presence in the state includes work on more than 400 public safety, telecommunications, water and power projects. Media Contact Information: JIM SUHR | +1 913-458-2778 P | +1 816-674-0572 M | SuhrJ@BV.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water? Unprecedented floodwaters submerged farmlands, wastewater plants and federal Superfund cleanup sites, and more than a million private wells from the Canadian border south to Kentucky were threatened with chemicals, sewage and pathogens. The Data to Water Connection The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. From Internet of Things to Internet of Water: How Integrated Data Can Help Stop "Day Zero" The taps are flowing more freely in Cape Town, one of the world's premier tourist destinations and a cultural center of South Africa. In 2018, Cape Town residents stared down "Day Zero," the moment when the water system – jeopardized by the combination of population growth, drought cycles, aging infrastructure and deferred system improvements – was predicted to literally run dry Water Utilities Urged to Exploit Data, Use Less Guesswork For decades, car manufacturers recommended that vehicles have their engine oil changed at least every 3,000 miles without fail. This was never proven practical, given that such decisions should be based on individual driving style, the conditions and climate – even the type of oil used. But these real-world conditions don't tend to factor into the carmaker's original guidelines. Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources As the nexus of water and "new energy" becomes more common in the water sector's lexicon, Black & Veatch's 2019 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey shows that water and wastewater plant operators are embracing "master plans" meant to optimize their energy use.