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 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services? According to respondents in the 2018-2019 50 Largest Cities Water & Wastewater Rate Survey, utilities are modifying how they charge for services to address revenue stability and affordability concerns. With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation 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. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources.