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Izmir’s search and rescue division (SAR) has improved its overall communications by implementing the ACU-1000 interoperability device. Now, the search and rescue emergency personnel in Izmir can communicate more proficiently with other SAR units, public safety agencies throughout the city and with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.

JPS’ ACU-1000 simultaneously cross-connects the different radio networks, telephone systems and repeaters that Izmir’s SAR needs to communicate with international, countrywide and citywide personnel to ensure proper coordination and execution occurs during an emergency search and rescue operation.

Izmir is the third largest city and second most important port in Turkey on the Aegean coast in Asia Minor. The city’s search and rescue division is part of Turkey’s Civil Defense network and headquartered in Ankara. With eleven regional offices in major cities throughout Turkey, Izmir’s SAR needed to find a solution that would connect them to the other SAR offices and to public safety agencies throughout the city, countrywide officials and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Izmir’s SAR decided to purchase an ACU-1000 to solve their problem. The device was ideal for the group because not only would it link them to the proper channels but also could integrate with Codan’s NGT SR transceiver which connects Izmir’s division to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.  The transceiver is incorporated into the standard ACU-1000 operating software and is designed to allow SAR operators to take advantage of the transceivers remote control features and to make and receive automated Selcalls. With a Selcall, the operator can call a single transceiver and only that unit responds which is very valuable during emergency search and rescue situations.

Mesan, JPS’ authorized representative in Turkey, provided the installation, commissioning and training of the device for the SAR operators. Mesan installed the ACU-1000 in the command and control room of Izmir’s SAR division. The system operates 24-hours a day to provide interoperability for all SAR activities. Using the ACU-1000, local interoperability is established among SAR units and Izmir’s fire departments, police units, gendarmerie and the coast guard as well with countrywide and international agencies.

“Previously, there was no interlink between UHF and VHF repeaters and the communication was typically noisy,” said an official of Izmir’s SAR division. “Now, our SAR units can connect their repeaters to the other unit’s repeater using the ACU-1000. The noise issue has been solved and communications are a lot more effective.”

SAR officers can easily connect to the command and control system at the ACU-1000 by dialing an extension on their radios. Izmir’s SAR has also implemented security measures and priorities for all authorized users to make sure the calls are relayed to the intended recipient.

“We are very pleased with the ACU-1000 solution,” he added. “We have solved our problem of interoperability and are able to do our job much more efficiently.”

MESAN was formed in 1991 as the representative and consultant company in the field of electronics in Turkey. Since then, MESAN has been providing equipment to the Turkish Armed Forces, the Gendarmerie, the Police, and other governmental agencies in Turkey. For more information on MESAN, please visit http://www.mesanas.com.tr/en.

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