Primetech's interoperable communications feature in Fire magazine
- Created: Friday, 13 February 2015 14:52
New state-of--the-art firefighting equipment, supplied and integrated by Primetech, which uses a high-pressure hose to blast straight through brick walls and tackle major blazes on the other side, has now been taken into service and launched by Cumbria FRS.
Firefighters using infra-red technology can identify the location of a fire inside a building. The Cobra unit on the Rapid Response Tactical Vehicle then shoots an ultra-powerful jet of water loaded with an abrasive cutting substance to blast a thumbnail-sized hole in the wall. Water is then injected through the hole as a high-pressure mist to absorb the heat and gases from the fire.
The University of the West of Scotland has installed a Ka-band satellite from Primetech on its new Learning Bus to support online access while the bus is in remote locations across its extremely wide catchment area. The bus has been purchased to promote adult and further learning in UWS Campus communities and further afield.
The unit is an Optare Tempo bus fitted with 14 computers linked to the satellite system for high bandwidth wireless Internet access. The bus will travel within the UWS footprint and target areas where there are likely to be people who can step on board with a view to finding out about studying at UWS. The bus will visit schools, colleges, community centres, NHS trusts, company HQ’s and sports centres, showcasing UWS courses and facilities.
Primetech has supplied and is supporting a Ka-band satellite system for Blackthorn Production in Northern Ireland. This new installation, which has been used very successfully to support outside broadcasting (OB) in the province, builds on Primetech’s existing work for Sky News, where it is supplying a number of satellite systems for use by UK newsgathering teams based in Land Rover vehicles.
According to Henry Walker of Primetech, ‘This new and rapidly evolving and expanding form of low-cost outside broadcasting, using the vast new capacity and ease of use of Ka-band systems supplied by C-Com, combined with the power of internet television, is helping to drive completely new types of outside broadcasting. This is allowing organisations to broadcast which would have previously been prevented from doing so by high barriers to entry, especially equipment cost.'
The Met Office has selected Primetech to supply, install and support a Ka-band mobile satellite system in its new ash monitoring vehicle, which is being built to deliver more accurate real time information on the threat to UK and European aviation from the threat of volcanic ash. In recent years volcanoes in Iceland have created major disruption to aviation.
There are thirty volcanoes in Iceland and the country has had a long history of eruptions. In 2010 the Eyjafjallajokull volcano sent a plume of ash high into the atmosphere, which was then carried by winds far from Iceland, disrupting air travel for nearly two weeks in North America and across Europe. In 2014, on August 16, another volcano, called Bardarbunga, erupted, causing concern that once again aviation could be adversely affected.
The Met Office ash monitoring vehicle will carry a wide range of sensors for detecting and analyzing volcanic ash. Data from the vehicle will be sent by high bandwidth Ka-band satellite to the Met Office headquarters in Exeter for further analysis. The vehicle will be used throughout the UK and Europe.