The biggest multi-agency training exercise in London Fire’s history – Exercise Unified Response is a large scale and complex, disaster training exercise, which is being held between 29 February 2016 and 3 March 2016 in London. ISN were approached by the Network Services team at London Fire to give fast, reliable Wireless Internet Access for the event in a challenging environment – and at very short notice. The four-day exercise, starting on February 29, aims to test the contingency planning of more than 70 organisations, from mortuaries to the Government’s Cobra committee. All of London’s emergency response organisations including local and national authorities are involved, together with specialised teams from across the UK and from Hungary, Italy and Cyprus. Exercise Unified Response simulates a tower block collapsing into Waterloo Underground station packed with passengers. It is being staged at Littlebrook power station, near Dartford Crossing, and includes 2,000 volunteers playing casualties amid upturned Tube trains and thousands of tons of rubble. ISN were approached by the Network Services team at London Fire to provide a fast, reliable Wireless Internet Access for the training event. This project came with additional challenges around lead times and physical environment complexity. A long way from our normal office and datacentre work! We quickly surveyed the site and designed a solution that could be easily deployed at Littlebrook power station for a short run-time and then be put back into storage ready for the next event, giving London Fire a wireless solution “in a box” for future events and sites. Utilising services from Vodafone and EE for resiliency, we were able to deliver a solution that best fitted the location limitations, usage-types and existing stock of hardware, all within a very short time frame. We owned the Carrier relationships, routing, cabling, wireless deployment and security to give a one-stop shop to get the site online – eventually deploying three weeks ahead of schedule to allow for testing well-before the event. “ISN have been working with London Fire for seven years on various network-related projects. To be asked to deliver something of such a critical nature demonstrates the value of our ongoing partnership. ISN’s role as an agile, flexible and cost-effective partner puts us in a great position to assist London Fire in such demanding environments against pressing deadlines, and long may this relationship continue”, said Simon Rance Sales Director.
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