CT Red Cross Disaster Exercise Demonstrates First of Its Kind Regional Communications Interoperability

Farmington, CT. Believed to be the first of its kind, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross spearheaded and demonstrated regional interoperable emergency communications and collaboration capabilities involving neighboring out-of-state Red...

Richard Stubbs, Senior Director of Disaster Plans & Exercises for the Connecticut Chapter expressed his enthusiasm for the new capabilities that Mutualink offered. “We were able to meet all of our objectives during this exercise and more. The fact that we had three Red Cross Chapters based in CT, NY, and NJ, two mobile Red Cross command vehicles, and radio users all able to share a variety of communication methods including live video was very significant. During the exercise, radio users in Connecticut and New York normally out of range from each other were able to communicate directly as well as with EOC directors at all locations simultaneously. Mutualink enabled us to establish a new level of real time regional interoperability and collaboration capability that can improve multi-chapter Red Cross Chapter response coordination, provide us with real time access to our emergency management partners and other critical response assets with whom we must work closely. It was a great resource for building a common operational picture and acted as a major force multiplier for us,” said Stubbs.

Mutualink is the industry’s pioneer in creating scalable, dynamic peer based interoperability and provides its solution at an industry leading affordable price. According to Mark Hatten, Chairman and CEO of Mutualink, “Mutualink is a distributed peer based solution with no central servers, and provides secure on-demand interoperability with disparate two-way radio, telephone, and mobile equipment, and real time video and information sharing. Our ability to participate in an exercise of this nature across three states demonstrates Mutualink’s scalability, ease of use and value in enabling true interoperable environments that allow first responders, emergency response agencies and other critical community assets to come together whenever and wherever on an as needed basis across disciplines and all hazards. We are grateful to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross and other participating Red Cross chapters in New York and New Jersey for selecting Mutualink to facilitate this ground breaking achievement. The Red Cross plays a vital role in disaster response and relief efforts and their participation is precisely the type of enhanced collaboration and coordination that is envisioned under national emergency response policies.”

About Mutualink, Inc.
Mutualink is an IP based multimedia interoperable communications company that enables radio, telephone, video and data to be shared on a real time, dynamic incident basis. Mutualink has gained rapid acceptance because of its ease of use, ease of deployment, low cost and full featured capabilities. Mutualink enables communities to create a large scale, real time interoperable emergency communications networks at a reasonable cost while getting best of breed features and capabilities. Mutualink was recently deployed by a consortium of 21 hospitals and health facilities in northern New Jersey as part of its all hazards preparedness initiative connecting them to OEMs and to numerous first responders as well as other community assets such as malls and a local stadium. Additionally, five key law enforcement agencies, including the Pentagon Force Protection Agency utilized Mutualink’s platform during the Presidential inauguration, providing the agencies with seamless communications interoperability and real time video surveillance sharing during the event.

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