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Exalt Connects Fire Services in Heavily Populated Illinois County

July 13, 2009
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Exalt Communications announced that the Addison Fire Protection District in DuPage County, IL, has chosen Exalt EX-4.9i all-indoor digital microwave radio systems to reliably deliver dispatch calls and to provide location information, traffic alerts, call specifics, mapping and other data vital to its mission. DuPage County spans 337 square miles west of downtown Chicago and has nearly 1 million residents, making it the second-largest county in Illinois. It is also home to 29 fire protection districts.

“When we linked our communications system with the county-wide DuCom emergency response network, we had an opportunity to move off a leased business-class microwave link and onto something that has higher capacity and can support voice as well as data traffic,” said John Sullivan, an Addison FPD firefighter and paramedic who is in charge of communications for the organization. “Exalt radio systems came highly recommended by other public safety agencies, and the radios have been completely reliable even during the worst winter we’ve had around here in a long time.”

The Exalt EX-4.9i microwave radio systems were deployed by A Beep, Illinois’ largest operator of specialized radio systems. The radios operate in the licensed public safety radio band and can support up to 55 Mbps of Ethernet data and up to four T1 lines with the company’s exclusive CarrierTDD™ technology, which provides 99.999 percent throughput availability. Although the system was initially deployed to support only voice, the district later used the Exalt EX-4.9i web-based management system to configure 27 Mbps of Ethernet data without the need to travel to the radios themselves.

“Public safety agencies have used microwave communications for years, but Exalt offers a new generation of innovative products that deliver superior performance and reliability,” said Amir Zoufonoun, CEO of Exalt. “With the EX-4.9i radio system, the Addison Fire Protection District has a system that fully responds to its requirements today and can scale to support additional traffic well into the future.”


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