Forest Protection Commnications System.
AB - August 29, 2002, Cochrane, Alberta-based Pathcom Wireless
Inc. has been awarded a $41-million Alberta Government contract
to develop and supply a world-first, state-of-the-art communications
network designed to provide satellite-based, wide area radio communications
to the Forest Protection Division, a department within the Ministry
of Sustainable Resource Development.
system will provide two-way communication capability from the District
Fire Command Centers and Provincial Fire Fighting Center to the
airborne and ground-based fire-fighting resources throughout the
forested areas of Alberta. The network is comprised of 91 remote
sites co-located at Fire Lookout Towers, 11 District Fire Command
Centers and the Provincial Fire Fighting Center. The 91 sites provide
radio coverage to virtually all forested areas within the province;
an area twice the size of the United Kingdom.
FireNet System will be used to provide communications with Forestry
personnel during forest fire suppression, for the co-ordination
of both ground and air fire-fighting resources. As well the network
will be used in day-to-day operations of forestry resource management.
Quick response and efficient coordination of resources will translate
into a greener Alberta.
Wireless Inc. is a rapidly expanding telecommunications supplier
and system integrator. The company is based in Cochrane, Alberta.
Pathcom has been providing voice and data communications to remote
Canadian operations for the past 20 years.
FirenNet radio network, will put both the government of Alberta
and Pathcom into a leadership positon for remote area communications,"
said Pathcom President Chet Perry. "The network, in addition
to providing wide area voice communications, is also capable of
providing connectivity to the Internet or Local Area Networks to
accommodate data and video surveillance applications".
lost 153,478 hectares to wildfires in 2001. While the count for
2002 is still growing, it is recognized that wildfires consume an
inordinate amount of the Government's financial resources and of
course have a very negative impact on the forest industries. It
is felt that the improvement in communications provided by FireNet
will help to reduce this huge expense by allowing fires to be controlled
earlier, and with less cost.
network is capable of being expanded to other provincial and state
jurisdictions. With fire-fighting operations increasingly becoming
an inter-provincial or international joint exercise it is thought
that the FireNet network may soon connect other governments or agencies
into a single, co-ordinated communications system.
to Mr. Perry, "The network has been designed with sufficient
flexibility that it can be easily expanded to accommodate the communications
and data requirements of other users; such as the oil and gas, mining,
and logging industries and other enterprises that are located in
the remote, underserved areas in North America".