Marietta, GA May 20, 2015 – SOC Nevada LLC estimates it avoided millions in infrastructure costs by installing a solar-powered, wireless mass notification system consisting of six SoundCommander® SC360 speaker systems to cover approximately 212 square miles at the Hawthorne Army Depot, Hawthorne, NV.
The US Army mandated the new mass notification system (MNS) to upgrade security at the facility, which serves as a weapons storage and transportation site for branches of the US Armed Services on the West Coast. SOC, the contractor to manage operations and maintain the facility, chose the giant-voice SC360 systems from IMLCORP, Marietta, GA in three configurations because of their power and voice clarity and their manufacturer’s ability to deliver the solar system to back-up the batteries and the wireless system to communicate with each speaker from a central operations center. And the system fit the budget, too, with the system costing less than 10 percent of a wired installation.
“Before we installed the new SoundCommander system, we had a single speaker on an industrial building on the base,” said David Ellis, Planner/Estimator, SOC Nevada. “That just didn’t have the capability to provide warnings and instructions for the base in the event of an active shooter, a terrorist attack or any conditions where we need to warn personnel.”
IMLCORP installed Sound Commander® SC360 HPSA units such as this at Hawthorne Army Depot as part of a six location mass notification system using all SoundCommander High Performance Speaker Arrays (HPSAs). IMLCORP configured the system to use solar power to maintain full batteries and wireless IP communications to activate any or all speakers to issue warnings and messages over an approximate 212-square-mile area.
Installing wired power and communications infrastructure would have faced challenges beyond the estimated expense of as much as $5 million, Ellis noted. The high winds that buffet the area precluded any above-ground lines, and soil conditions for trenching and then housing the lines, plus the marking requirements, made solar and wireless the only viable option. The farthest speaker in the network is located eight miles from the base’s operation center.
For IMLCORP, the system design and solar/wireless adaptation were straightforward, customized engineering solutions.
“We used sound measurement equipment to determine how much speaker power was required to provide the required volume levels in all coverage areas,” said Frank M. Myers, President and CEO, IMLCORP. “That enabled us to configure each of the speaker arrays using our SC360 High Performance Speaker Array (HPSA) systems, all of which have 3600 coverage for optimum performance. For three locations, we installed SC360 Quad Hex systems (four stacked six-speaker arrays). For two locations, we installed SC360 Dual Hex units (two tiers – 12 speakers), and one location needed a single SC360 (one tier – six speakers).
“All of our systems come standard with battery backup, so we already have battery power for our SC360s,” he continued. “It was just a matter of integrating the solar panels and power controllers with the HPSAs and using wireless IP (internet protocol) to set up the communication system. That enables operators to activate any array at any time and receive full parametric status monitoring at the control center – 100 percent of the time, 24/7. They know the status of each array at any time, including battery level, amplifier status, system temperature and whether the system amplifier’s cabinet door is open or closed. This level of parametric monitoring not only insures real-time awareness of the system’s readiness, but saves maintenance and repair costs by allowing system techs be more efficient and take preventative measures as needed to ensure the system is ready at all times. We can design and install a mass notification system like this anywhere in the world.”
The system gets a daily test with the playing of colors at the start of the day and lowering the flag at the end of each day. The music is pre-recorded, and the scheduling is automated.
“I like the way it works,” Ellis said. “It has simplicity of use and maintenance. We just need to check for the same things at every location.”
Established in 1991 and based in Marietta (Atlanta), GA, IMLCORP develops, manufactures and distributes SoundCommander® loudspeaker systems for tactical operations and emergency mass notification systems, which are part of systems on college and university campuses, military bases and other public venues. Tactical systems have been used at events such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2008 Democratic Party national convention in Denver and the 2002 G-8 Summit in Canada. SoundCommander loudspeaker systems have been proven in military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and East Timor. The company also markets the POW•R•ENTRY® Fast Entry/Breaching Tool, Rhino Wheel Boots, Hoop Decon Wash Systems and Blue Water Rescue Ropes. IMLCORP products are sold through GSA, dealers and distributors worldwide. IMLCORP, 869 Pickens Industrial Drive, Suite 15 Marietta, GA 30062 USA. Phone (toll free in the US): 1-866-IML-CORP (465-2677), Worldwide: +1-678- 331-3190, Fax: +1-678-331-3170, www.imlcorp.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.