|The Dusseldorf fire and rescue service installed new integrated video and intercom-over-IP solution|
The Düsseldorf fire and rescue service replaced its ten-year old video and intercom systems with a new integrated video- and intercom-over-IP solution from manufacturers Geutebruck
and Schneider Intercom
(also known as Commend International). The system links twelve fire stations via the existing municipal IP network and serves two functions. Some of the cameras monitor the emergency call points outside the fire stations which the public can use to raise the alarm if an incident occurs in the immediate vicinity. This helps controllers in the 24-hour emergency control room at Hüttenstrasse by enabling them to see the callers as well as talk to them. They can then arrange a suitable response even if the local fire crew is currently out attending an incident and therefore unavailable. Meanwhile other cameras on the fire station premises are used for conventional security purposes, monitoring doors, gates and barriers which could be vulnerable especially while crews are away.
Having invited tenders from a range of international companies, the Düsseldorf Fire Service chose the Geutebruck and Schneider solution because of the companies' individual high reputations in the IT field, and because of the interfaces which enable sub-systems to network directly and form an integrated solution. They were also attracted by the exceptional potential for future expansion offered by the GeViScope video system platform. The new equipment has been running smoothly since the start of 2009 and in future it is planned to extend it to cover the airport fire station and a new accident and emergency centre at Hassels.
For more details on Geutebruck systems visit www.geutebrueck.com.