#1480 Marine Links Furlong Cold Squad to Hastily Formed Cisco Network for Abbotsford IHIT Pentagon
Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked the late Cold Squad post-production coordinator, Deborah Furlong, to Hastily Formed Cisco Networks allegedly used by an Abbotsford-based IHIT team of police, paroled prisoners and actors to remove evidence of 9/11 snuff films from the Pentagon lawn.
Cisco Comes To Aid Of Defense Department
By Mike Cruz
October 02, 2001 4:41 PM ET
After sustaining a terrorist attack at the Pentagon, the Department of Defense called on Cisco Systems (NSDQ: CSCO) and partners to restore network connectivity for thousands of users.
The Pentagon’s heavily damaged internal infrastructure forced the Defense Department to move 3,000 users to a secured location across the Potomac River. Cisco’s challenge: to set up a secure network over a weekend and have it ready for Pentagon employees to return to work on Monday.
“It was absolutely one of the most herculean efforts I’ve ever seen,” said Wayne Fullerton, regional manager of joint programs at Cisco. To get the job done, Cisco turned to Comstor and other channel partners.
“What was key here was Comstor’s ability to source product,” Fullerton said. “That flexibility was key.”
Shortly after the attack, both companies created crisis teams, and within 15 minutes of getting the Pentagon’s call, Cisco had “spun out a [specific] crisis [team]” to handle an assessment, create a specific plan and execute the tasks.
Comstor pulled products from warehouses in 30 to 60 minutes, said Brent Mumford, director of product management at Comstor. But Cisco requested some routing and switching products that the distributor didn’t carry. And other products s weren’t readily available, which forced Comstor “to source product we don’t normally house,” executives said.
The distributor replaced about 30 percent to 35 percent of the solution with alternative products, fulfilled the order without a purchase order and had its own employees using their personal trucks to deliver the equipment to the Pentagon.
“The fact of the matter is, it took a lot of people together to make this happen,” Fullerton said. Other channel partners installed the racks, deployed power sources and pulled cable, he said. “I am absolutely amazed . . . [at] what we were able to do.””
Canadian Film Studio Delivers World-Class Communications to Clients Vancouver Film Studios uses Cisco Unified Communications to deliver customized, feature-rich communications to production clients.
“We have noticed that our time to deploy services is much quicker here at VFS, and that is due to a solid Cisco foundation that we have built.” – Roger Terhune, Chief Technology Officer, Vancouver Film Studios
Network Solutions VFS replaced its traditional phone system with a Cisco Unified Communications solution, which consolidates all of the company’s voice and data traffic onto a single network. Cisco was the only vendor that could deliver a system with the flexibility, agility, and reliability that VFS needed, in a manageable solution priced and designed specifically for small businesses.
Cisco Unified Communications Manager is the heart of the solution, delivering the call handling, mobility, security, and management capabilities that VFS requires in a network-based platform that can also support a wealth of new features. For example, the solution helps VFS deliver advanced communications services to multiple locations and devices, which is critical because only 40 to 50 percent of many film shoots takes place on the VFS lot.
“We needed a communication system that would allow production companies to take their communication system from a lot and use it in a remote location,” says Terhune. “We added Cisco Unified Mobility to let us duplicate incoming phone calls out to other devices in the field, such as a satellite phone, cell phone, or even a two-way radio. This is a big advantage for our clients.”
Motion picture productions can involve hundreds of people, and companies working at VFS often need to be able to handle large numbers of incoming calls. To make sure inbound calls always reach the most appropriate person, VFS also deployed Cisco Unified Contact Center Express.
“Cisco Unified Contact Center Express lets us distribute incoming calls evenly throughout the group, and have a record of call history from cradle to grave – including who took the call, or who might have missed it,” says Terhune. “It really improves accountability.”
The Cisco solution is based on industry standards, and lets VFS take advantage of powerful thirdparty communications applications. For example, the company uses Berbee InformaCast to notify staff members about upcoming events through their phones. InformaCast also works as a paging system for film production employees, who can be difficult to reach on a busy set.
“Whenever we need to find someone on a production, we can utilize InformaCast to broadcast the message to all the phones there,” says Terhune. VFS and its customers can now communicate with multiple people in multiple locations in one call.
Cisco Unity lets clients check voice and e-mail messages from a single mailbox, and Cisco Unified IP Phones provide clear voice communication. The phones’ customizable LCD screens can also be used to access applications or broadcast messages to any phone.
The VFS network runs on a Cisco IP network featuring Cisco routers and Cisco Catalyst switches. To safeguard sensitive information, VFS installed Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance firewall to control access to network information, both inside and outside the company.”
What: Platinum Sponsor Demonstration
Topic: Cisco Systems’ NERV (Network Emergency Response Vehicle)
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: SAS Institute, Bldg V, Parking Lot
Cisco Systems has developed the Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV) platform to provide a mobile solution that can provide communications support across a variety of different media to Incident Commanders. These self-deployable vehicles are capable of providing Hastily Formed Networks (HFNs) or Incident Area Networks in minimal time, while assuring security and interoperability between agencies arriving on-scene to provide mutual-aid.
The NERV enables a unique level of customer support to Cisco customers in the midst of crisis, and is an example of the network-based communications transformation now underway in Public Safety. Through numerous deployments since their introduction in 2007, the Cisco NERV fleet has demonstrated its value in real-world incidents to emergency responders and the communities that they serve. (Click here to read the whitepaper Cisco NERV: Enabling IP-based Incident Management.
Document: San Diego Fires Case Study
Video: Connecting First Responders”
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