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March 1, 2008

The 'Mesh' Keeps Emergency Responders in the Loop

by Dan Dunkel from SDM Magazine

Booming Nevada mining town improves first responder communications and city services with a Firetide wireless mesh network


Firetide Inc., based in Los Gatos, Calif., is a developer of wireless mesh and access networks. The city of Elko, Nev., recently deployed a Firetide wireless mesh network to successfully centralize the city’s IT services and public safety communications. Deploying a Firetide wireless mesh network enables the city of Elko to affordably and reliably connect city buildings and departments to modernize its emergency communications, deliver instant software updates, and provide Internet access for city personnel. With a population of about 36,000, Elko is known as the hub of northeastern Nevada.

Prior to the Firetide wireless network deployment, the fire station was only able to receive emergency dispatches from the dispatch center via phone. This method wasted precious minutes, and often inaccurate details were written down regarding the address and directions to the emergency. The wireless network, designed and deployed by Firetide partner and Carson City, Nev.-based systems integrator JFG Systems, enabled the city to implement a much more robust and error-proof communications system.

“The Elko Fire Department refers to its new emergency communication system as Rip-and-Run,” said Brianne Clark, information systems manager for the city of Elko. “Now that the police department is networked to the fire department, firemen receive an instant printout of dispatch details. In addition, the dispatchers can send more timely reports via the network for inclusion in the fire department records located in the central server at the police department.”

Before deploying the Firetide network solution, it took the city’s IT team at least one day a week to provide computer maintenance for the city departments because IT staffers had to drive to each location. Now user access or passwords can be updated remotely in minutes. The city also has reduced costs with more efficient IT maintenance, distributed Internet access, and improved software solutions. For instance, the network has made it possible for multiple city departments to access a central database, which has been an asset in unifying city billing practices. Now the landfill, animal shelter, fire department, and many other departments can access the same databases and files.

“With Firetide, the wireless mesh network installation was quick, easy and reliable,” said Ron Baker, president of JFG Systems. “We’ve worked with the city of Elko for many years and recommend Firetide as the best wireless network system available to create a secure, reliable, fast centralized data and IT maintenance solution.” 
JANUARY 2008

BOOMING NEVADA MINING TOWN IMPROVES FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNICATIONS AND CITY SERVICES WITH FIRETIDE WIRELESS MESH

LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 29, 2008 -- Firetide Inc., a leading developer of wireless mesh and access networks, today announced that the City of Elko, Nev. has deployed a Firetide wireless mesh network to successfully centralize the city’s IT services and public safety communications. Deploying a Firetide wireless mesh network enables the City of Elko to affordably and reliably connect city buildings and departments to modernize its emergency communications, deliver instant software updates, and provide Internet access for city personnel. With a population of about 36,000, Elko is known as the hub of northeastern Nevada.

Prior to the Firetide wireless network deployment, the fire station was only able to receive emergency dispatches from the dispatch center via phone. This method wasted precious minutes, and all too often inaccurate details were written down regarding the address and directions to the emergency. The wireless network, designed and deployed by Firetide partner and Nevada-based systems integrator JFG Systems, enabled the city to implement a much more robust and error-proof communications system.

“The Elko Fire Department refers to its new emergency communication system as Rip-and-Run,” said Brianne Clark, information systems manager for the City of Elko. “Now that the police department is networked to the fire department, firemen receive an instant printout of dispatch details. In addition, the dispatchers can send more timely reports via the network for inclusion in the fire department records located in the central server at the police department.”

Before deploying the Firetide network solution, it took the city’s IT team at least one day a week to provide computer maintenance for the city departments since IT staffers had to drive to each location. Now user access or passwords can be updated remotely in minutes. The city has also reduced costs with more efficient IT maintenance, distributed Internet access, and improved software solutions. For instance, the network has made it possible for multiple city departments to access a central database, which has been an asset in unifying city billing practices. Now the landfill, animal shelter, fire department, and many other departments can access the same databases and files.

“Firetide mesh networks address the needs of cities large and small to cost effectively, reliably and securely improve public safety and the efficiency of city services,” said Bo Larsson, chief executive officer of Firetide. “More importantly, the city of Elko now has a wireless infrastructure that will evolve seamlessly to support different wireless access technologies and more sophisticated municipal network applications as they become available.”

One such expansion made possible by the Firetide network is the city’s Geographical Information System that creates maps from tabular data. The network makes this project practical since it enables numerous Elko city departments to access these maps maintained in one location with a centralized database.

“With Firetide, the wireless mesh network installation was quick, easy and reliable,” said Ron Baker, president of JFG Systems. “We’ve worked with the City of Elko for many years and recommend Firetide as the best wireless network system available to create a secure, reliable, fast centralized data and IT maintenance solution.” 

FEBRUARY 2007

HONORABLE MENTION FOR ENTREPENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

JFGSystems' President, Ron Baker received an Honorable Mention in the Technology Category for the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  The Awards were presented by and published in The Business Report of Northern Nevada, February 2007 edition. 

http://www.nevadabusinessreport.com/

Submission Criteria was as follows:

 

Enterpeneurial Spirit

Performance

Growth

Leadership Impact

Strategic Directions

Innovation

 

 

 

12/19/2006

NEW PARTNERSHIP

                                   

Charter Business is proud to announce JFG Systems as an “Authorized Charter Business Selling Partnerâ€Â for the Nevada, KMA.  Charter Business has identified JFGSystems as a strategic alliance in providing advanced solutions to business through out Northern Nevada. 

 

 

12/21/2006

SONICWALL INTERNET THREAT PREVENTION KEEPS SKYPE TROJAN AT BAY

 

Sunnyvale, Calif., SonicWALL, Inc., a leading provider of network, Web, email security and backup and recovery solutions, has deployed protection against a Trojan horse targeted at users of Skype Chat, the Net telephone provider’s instant-messaging tool.  The threat is spread by sending instant messages or emails to individuals, suggesting that they download and run an sp.exe file which would allow the threat to self propagate.  The Trojan is designed ultimately to steal passwords and sensitive data, says Alex Dubrovsky of SonicWALLs Security Center.  On Monday, December 18, users of SonicWALLS Unified Threat Management technology received the new signature Gorf (Worm) designed to protect against this threat.  

 

 

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