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. Northrop Grumman Completes Implementation Of Los Angeles Emergency Communication System

Advantages of the new system include improved response times; better coverage through a secure data network that facilitates the dissemination of data to field operations personnel; access to information via an intranet in more than 1,400 patrol cars; and a mapping capability for enhanced 9-1-1 communications and dispatches. Photo courtesy AFP.
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Mclean VA (SPX) Sep 28, 2007
Northrop Grumman has completed the installation of a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system for improved emergency response for the City of Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector led the seven-year migration of the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) legacy CAD system to an enhanced emergency command control communications system. The implementation included a new CAD system and Northrop Grumman's CommandPoint(tm) Mobile applications.

CommandPoint Mobile interfaces between the command center and field units, providing public safety personnel with easy access to data and field unit status. This is the largest single police department implementation of Northrop Grumman CommandPoint Mobile products in the nation.

"Northrop Grumman brings five decades of experience designing and integrating reliable and progressive technologies for emergency planning and response that will benefit the LAPD, and citizens, workers and visitors to the city," said John Kavanaugh, vice president of public sector solutions for Northrop Grumman IT. "The LAPD's state-of-the-art emergency communications center will enable control center personnel to respond more rapidly to emergencies."

Advantages of the new system include improved response times; better coverage through a secure data network that facilitates the dissemination of data to field operations personnel; access to information via an intranet in more than 1,400 patrol cars; and a mapping capability for enhanced 9-1-1 communications and dispatches.

Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract in 1996 to design and build the LAPD's Emergency Command Control and Communications System and two independent emergency dispatch centers. The centers were constructed 30 miles apart to serve as backup facilities and provide failsafe services to citizens. The project was completed in 2001.

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