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SPECIAL REPORT Trends in Mobile Command and Specialty Vehicles

retron’s N2KView® software. With Frontline’s MCS-100 Feature, you are not limited to the direct connected display and can use any device (Android or Apple based) running N2KView® software to monitor and control the vehicle. “This new control feature allows the most flexibility possible for monitoring and controlling, command and communications vehicle operations. The MCS-100 is a high- performance feature, which will provide much needed flex- ibility during the deployment and missions of Frontline’s Command and Communications vehicles,” said Steve Wil- liamson, Director of Sales at Frontline. Frontline installed the MCS-100 control feature in San Francisco Airport’s C-40X-3 Mobile Command Vehicle, delivered in April 2015.

LDV Inc.

San Francisco Airport’s C-40X-3 Mobile Command Vehicle built by Frontline Communication has their innovative new feature, the Multiplex Control System MCS-100, which lets you connect tablets or smartphones to Frontline’s Multiplex System.

competitors’ vehicles are built, we are all helping to ‘Mili- tarize the Police and Fire Departments.’” He followed up by saying that every time a command post rolls out for a school or holiday event or to fingerprint children, the community is safer and it is a better way to directly communicate with citizens. Working residential crime scenes without all the tools to protect the innocent and prove guilt is hard to imagine. Mobile units to secure highways and accomplish accident reconstruction identifies weaknesses in roads and intersections, making travel safer. SWAT negotiators talk people off the ledge and other units locate lost people.

Goodyear commented, “Nothing proves more demand- ing on our communities than when a natural disaster strikes and nothing is better than seeing a large Mobile Command Center or Mobile 911 unit arrive with trained staff to put things back together. You be the judge of whether we are militarizing our safety force or just preparing them with the best equipment to serve.”

Frontline Communications

Frontline Communications, a division of Pierce Manu- facturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation Company, is ISO 9001 certified and designs and manufactures highly en- gineered mobile command centers in its Clearwater, Fla. facility. Frontline Communications, a leader in the design and manufacturing of highly engineered Mobile Command and Communications Vehicles, offers a unique Multi-Plex System that provides monitoring and control of all vehicle systems, both AC and DC powered.

Frontline has now developed an innovative new fea- ture, the Multiplex Control System MCS-100, which lets you connect tablets or smartphones to Frontline’s Multi- plex System. This means you can monitor and control the command vehicle’s electrical systems remotely, using Ma-

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LDV Mobile Command Vehicle made for Ascension Parish with four slide-outs, 4G and Wireless, and maximum capacity conference area.

Mary Lynch with LDV reports that vehicle size trends are all over the board. There is an increase in orders for large slide-out vehicles and flat floor slide-out rooms to maxi- mize usable space. Conversely, they are seeing increased inquiries for their Agile Command™ vehicles, small com- mand and communications vehicles built on a 24-foot bum- per-to-bumper cab chassis, with workstations, electronics storage, conference room and galley.

Lynch elaborated, “Customers are moving from analog video to digital format cameras. Departments are install- ing microwave downlinks, satellite and 4G wireless mo- dems for communication equipment, citing redundancy after a disaster when cellular towers would be unavailable or over-utilized. Automated deployment and automated safety features are becoming standard.” Multipurpose vehicles used as mobile substations or housing bomb response and SWAT equipment, with larger conference rooms, and electronics rack(s) to centralize elec- tronics are popular. Lynch noted there is a trend moving away from on-board lavatories because it uses valuable space, requires maintenance, and becomes an inside traffic

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