Our Next Project: Two Way 300-500 MB Microwave Data Connection

For the past year or so we have been working to create a microwave network to provide a backbone for 9-1-1 IP based  phone system and a Motorola 800 mhz trunked radio system.  Its gone from a tiny project to a very large project.  The parts have been ordered and here some of them are. I will include more details when I am allowed. Here are the back bone core routers we will use Cisco ASR 1002-X’s. We are using for MPLS-VRF.  The WAN has 8 locations and will contain a variety of traffic from 9-1-1 VOIP traffic to 800 mhz trunked radio for Public Safety in Salt Lake County as well as video and data for the airport and other locations.

Update: September 21st 2013
We have installed 4 of the routers and have 1 microwave link up and operational. We have had several delays due to vendors but hope to have this project complete by mid October.

Routers Racked and Ready to Configure
Cisco ASR 1002-X Router

Cisco ASR 1002-X Router -closeup

Configuration Party with all the agencies networking people.

Installing our first router in Unified Police’s server room. We used this router to get their new Viper Phone system attached to VECC’s when their phone system came online.

Finally the vendor is installing the microwave dishes and radios.


New Project: Adding Microwave Links Between Agencies

I was asked today to join a joint technical committee that is tasked with gathering the technical specs and implementing a microwave link between Salt Lake City Public Safety, the Salt Lake County Emergency Operations Center and Valley Emergency Communications Center.

The plan is to put up redundant microwave links that will support 18 GB microwave connections so that we can route phones or data to any of the locations. I think it’s going to be an exciting project.

At VECC it’s going to require adding redundancy that includes two Cisco Switches, two Cisco routers, two Cisco ASA firewalls.  It will require us to integrate them into our network so that it can connect to Qwest/Century Links phone network as well as VECC’s internal networks.  This project will make 911 and Public Safety Dispatch and communications safer and more reliable.

I am excited to gain more experience using my Cisco skills.