SAFECommand success in Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

Ghent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university. As the biggest city of East-Flanders, Ghent has many hospitals, schools, businesses, homes and shopping streets. SAFEcommand will assist the fire and rescue service (Brandweer Gent) in providing an improved service to the population.

SAFEcommand success in Ghent

Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

Brandweer Gent is a professional organisation and is responsible for the protection of Ghent, the merged municipalities (Afsnee, Drongen, Gentbrugge, Ledeberg, Mariakerke, Oostakker, St. Amandsberg, Saint-Denis-Westrem, Sint-Kruis-Winkel, Wondelgem and Zwijnaarde) and also five 'protected' suburbs De Pinte, Destelbergen, Evergem, Lovendegem and Sint-Martens-Latem.

Brandweer Gent has selected EADS Cassidian, supported by Astrium, to implement a mobile data system based on SAFEcommand. SAFEcommand will be deployed on over sixty vehicles and be supported by control room applications integrated with their Intergraph Command and Control system.

SAFEcommand components will be:
  • Hazard Management System (HMS) - HMS will be deployed initially allowing Brandweer Gent to gather data required to populate the system.
  • Vehicle Mounted Data System (VMDS) – to combine different datasets to provide a picture of the ‘real world’ to front line personnel including all known risks and associated data. VMDS will be used in over 22 front line vehicles and forty support vehicles.
  • Gateway for Real-time, secure data communications and automatic vehicle location. The Gateway will link the command and control system to the mobile units.
  • Automatic Information Update Service (AIUS) - for Regular distribution of operational information ensuring the personnel in the mobile environment access the most accurate information available. AIUS ensures that data stored on the mobile units is kept current.

The project is planned to last from April to August 2012 and it is expected that this will be the first of many systems in Belgium and the “low countries”. When complete this will be the first full SAFEcommand mobile data system in use outside the UK and represents a significant achievement for the team involved.

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SAFEcommand product suite addresses 3 main areas:

  • Data Management - This enables frontline personnel to manage and rapidly access up-to-date and accurate information for emergency and operational needs.
  • Mobile - For the effective deployment of Command & Control information to mobile resources in-the-field including software systems for mobile use in vehicles
  • Emergency - Provides a strategic, efficient and flexible solution for the creation of contingency plans and emergency response