The cost to design and deploy a shared regional transportation, emergency, and communications center in Austin and Travis Counties (Texas) was estimated at $5 million.
The TxDOT Austin District proposes to occupy the facility with advanced traffic management systems and courtesy patrol personnel. Travis County proposes to occupy the facility with emergency operations staff from the sheriff, constable, rural fire, and EMS dispatch operations. The City of Austin proposes to occupy the facility with emergency operations staff including 9-1-1, 3-1-1, police, fire, and EMS dispatch. Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposes to occupy the facility with transient operations staff as needed.
Systems from these agencies will be integrated to provide enhanced public safety and service. Integrated technologies include 9-1-1 call handling, computer aided dispatch (CAD), radio trunking and wireless communications, mobile data terminal technologies, geographic information systems, and advanced traffic management systems.
The facility, approximately 74,000 square feet, was estimated to cost $21.94 million. Preliminary cost of major equipment components are provided in the below table.
|PBX telephone equipment|
|Client/server LAN/WAN equipment|
|Video wall equipment|
|Audio/video distribution equipment|
|Structured wiring and cabling|
|Miscellaneous computer equipment|
Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center: A Partnership of Performance
Author: Burk, Brian D., P.E.
Published By: Paper presented at 14th Annual ITS America Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
Source Date: May 2004
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