Racine Cops Get RAD

Racine County Police use RAD access products and free space optics for 99.999% reliability in voice and data transmission

December 11, 2002

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RACINE, Wis. -- Racine, Wisconsin’s Police Department practices a proactive, community-oriented approach that looks for creative, long-term solutions. It has demonstrated this same inventiveness in defining its communications network.Racine County is implementing a wide area network (WAN) to provide enhanced voice and data communications throughout the county, to support public safety and other local governmental needs. Specifically, it requires 28 T1 lines for deployment of a new police squad car communications system, and a 100 Mbps full duplex Ethernet connection between police headquarters and the sheriff’s office located in the county courthouse. The network configuration protects against any single point of failure on the mission critical segments.“Everyone involved in the project has demanded that this be the design criteria because a major part of the project supports communications that protect life and property,” explains Racine County WAN Specialist Kerry Kriegel. “Delays due to system failure are not acceptable.”“Racine County has been using RAD equipment for many years and to date, not one unit has failed. So when I needed a system that could provide me with five 9s reliability, I started with RAD,” states Kriegel. “The dual power supply and failover features of the ACE-101 were major factors in choosing the product. These boxes have been thoroughly tested with simulated failures of each component,” says Kriegel. “I am happy to say that the RAD equipment performed even better than expected. Not one packet was lost during the transition from fiber to laser or from laser to fiber.”RAD Data Communications Ltd.

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