E-911 changing equipment

Posted By | December 19, 2006 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Law enforcement officials and private citizens will soon be serviced more efficiently with the installation of new equipment at White County Communications Center.
From the confines a closet-sized space to the center now on Crossville Highway, dispatching services for Sparta and White County law enforcement has steadily progressed. Now, the center is in the process of an equipment changeover that will provide the latest developments in technological innovation and enable dispatchers to more effectively perform their jobs.
During the next few weeks, dispatchers will be operating from the Homeland Security trailer that was transported to White County and set up on the E-911 property. Wayne Sherrell, E-911 interim director, said he expects the dispatchers will work from that location for approximately three weeks at which time they will move back into the center as the final stages of the changeover is completed.
In other business, Sherrell asked permission to purchase one radio console on a state contract. He said the cost would be approximately $10,000, which includes wiring and installation. Sherrell said the center actually needs two new consoles, but he is going to wait until the next fiscal year to purchase the second one.
Also, the new system provides more on-line storage for information where dispatchers can access the archives for the latest 50,000 hours. The same information is mirrored to a DVD ram. The system will also require much less time to access and record stored calls that might be needed by an officer for a specific court case. The information from a call can be recorded simultaneously whereas dispatchers must now record each part separately from each entity involved in the call.
White County E-911 Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month, at White County Courthouse. The next meeting will be Jan. 9, 2007.

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