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.
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.
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.