Hitachi equips Ministry of Emergency Situations with communications vehicle
AZERBAIJAN: Hitachi Kokusai Turkey has delivered communications and video production vehicle to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. A modified Toyota Land Cruiser, the vehicle is designed to provide video links from disaster zones, transporting its advanced communications systems to locations over terrain that other vehicles might struggle to traverse. The design, systems integration, manufacturing and commissioning work for the vehicle’s modifications took place at Hitachi’s specialist centre near Istanbul.
The Toyota Land Cruiser was essentially rebuilt by Hitachi to integrate the mobile multi communication platform, which includes a PKM 120 drive away antenna as well as PMR radio and cellular communication networks. Hitachi wireless cameras, a mobile antenna and coach building products, such as power generators, air conditioning systems, pneumatic masts, stabilising jacks and cranes and external lighting systems were also installed. Broadband satellite and mobile radio communications are facilitated onboard, alongside iridium satellite telephone and wireless 3/4G LTE technologies.
The vehicle has also been designed to produce broadcast-quality content. The video production equipment integrated comprises Hitachi HD6000 broadcast quality wireless cameras with production tools from Ross, AJA, Pals, Cisco and Harmonic.
‘This is the most advanced compact mobile communications vehicle that we have ever designed and built. It will save lives and we’re proud to have created a new standard in this area,’ stated Cemal Yilmaz, general manager Hitachi Kokusai Turkey. ‘The staff that respond to these terrible natural tragedies are incredibly brave and they need the best mobile communication capabilities in order to perform their roles effectively.’
‘This vehicle has been designed from the ground up to meet our very specific needs,’ added Mirza Shukurov, head of the information, communication and technology department at the Ministry of Emergency Situation’s Crisis Management Center. ‘Its communications and video production capabilities are rugged, reliable and highly sophisticated. This vehicle can save lives and will ensure that we have solid and reliable communication links wherever we need to go, irrespective of the disaster situation. We selected Hitachi as our partner on this demanding project since they are the recognised leaders in this market with many vehicles already operational in critical applications worldwide.’