Safe Environment Engineering

HAZARDOUS INCIDENT RESPONSE ORGANIZATION INTEGRATES WIRELESS ROUTERS FOR M2M CONNECTIVITY

SITUATION

A pioneer in wireless monitoring, Safe Environment Engineering (SEE) has emerged as a leader within the hazardous environment and incident response field. Whether for the Federal government, homeland security, high profile special events or within local markets across the nation, SEE and its patented solutions provide the necessary real-time wireless interoperability to help coordinate and safely measure and monitor environmental conditions for hazardous chemical, radiological, or biological agents at each unique situation.

CHALLENGE

Every emergency response has a level of unknown. Whether dispatched to a subway in New York, an enclosed building or a natural disaster site, first response teams need to be able to reliably communicate and work together. Coordinating multiple agencies, as well as incorporating outside subject matter experts is critical. The challenge for every situation lies in the ability to communicate when traditional outlets are not available. Once communication is established, data has to be easily exchanged and delivered in real time.

SOLUTION

SEE has evolved to deliver real-time communication, with a durable, easy to use and interoperable suite of solutions. Focused on ensuring public safety and environmental monitoring at large events, SEE solutions are present at such events where data traffic is heavy, including national venues like the Boston Marathon, Emmys, and Grammys, as well as rural deployments for disaster response to hurricanes or tornadoes (e.g. Joplin, KS). Situated in Southern California, SEE plays an integral role in coordinating first response for all of Los Angeles County.

SEE solutions support multiple channels of communication and create multiple networks to distribute information, while incorporating GPS, and conforming to the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard utilized by today’s First Responders and hazardous community.

CAP is important to the reading and exchange of sensor or meter monitoring within a hazardous environment. The ability to share sensor or meter readings in real time dictates the status, scope, urgency and severity of each solution. The use of CAP allows SEE a format that is readable by any other system utilizing this standard. These systems vary from mapping applications to emergency alerting systems such as an Amber Alert.

How does this communication take place?

SEE uses Cradlepoint routers within multiple applications of its Lifeline Interoperable Wireless Monitoring System. Cradlepoint solutions creates wireless networks to facilitate communication directly from the sensors and instruments located in the hot zone area and relays information to the outside world through wireless connections. Cradlepoint provides both primary and failover connections based on the situation. Whether attached directly to the instruments or creating a wireless hotspot on the back of a fire truck, SEE’s solutions through Cradlepoint are able to tap into multiple carriers to create a collaborative framework that is secure, durable, mobile, and reliable. The SEE Instrumentation Solution includes the following elements:

The Lifeline Interoperable Network Communicator (LINC) is a small, simple to use portable wireless WiFi compliant appliance with integrated GPS that enables remote live viewing of the information gathered from many existing and different types of meters (instruments) and sensors. The LINC interfaces with radiological, chemical, physiological, and other meter/sensor categories.

The Lifeline Gateway sealed battery powered “Hot Spot” bridges data acquired from a meter’s medium distance Lifeline Interoperable Network Communicator (LINC) through cellular or MESH to any computer having Internet access. Through the Gateway’s MESH wireless architecture gateway-to-gateway data relaying is possible.

“Cradlepoint is a critical element of SEE’s solutions. Cradlepoint provides SEE with a lightweight and reliable wireless network solution that provides both primary and failover connections for every applicable situation. Working seamlessly within our solutions, Cradlepoint’s ability to create hotspots and integrate with multiple wireless service providers allows first response teams the confidence that information gathered can be shared in real time with the people that need it the most." said David Lamensdorf, CEO and founder of Safe Environment Engineering

SUMMARY

In the toughest of situations, Cradlepoint's routers have proven themselves invaluable. SEE continues to grow and be adopted as the industry standard to help support the secure and reliable transmission of data when it matters most. SEE has adopted Cradlepoint routers because of its versatility and support of multiple carriers, its flexibility, support of complex firewalls and multiple networks.