Eppley Airfield Dispatch Console, Crash Phone and ARFF Alerting

Omaha, Nebraska

IP Design Group assisted the Omaha Airport Authority with replacing the crash phone system, radio dispatch consoles and ARFF alerting system at Eppley Airfield. As part of the project, IP Design Group met with key stakeholders for each system to determine specific needs and requirements.

A central component of the project included a VoIP based crash phone system which allows the ATCT to immediately contact the airfield Communications Center, ARFF station, and the local 911 center to create a conference bridge by picking up a telephone receiver. During elevated events the ATCT can send a separate notification sound to the ARFF station via a button in the cab which also opens the apparatus bay doors. The ARFF alerting system notifies fire personnel of a specific event by playing a unique tone over the overhead paging system. Crash call audio is also immediately heard over the speakers. Red lamps were added in the bunk rooms which are activated upon events to allow fire personnel to better adjust their vision to night events and improve response times.

The radio dispatch consoles feature touch-screens and wireless headsets to allow convenient access to radio functions.  An integrated voice recorder system allows operators to retrieve recent radio activity.  The consoles also allow for patching, simulcasting on all radio channels and a telephone interface for making regular phone calls and receive crash calls.

IP Design Group also incorporated redundant components in each system to minimize downtime including a unique patching system for the ARFF alerting system which allows technicians to perform maintenance on the system and still maintain normal operation of the system.

Program Spaces

  • Communications Center
  • Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Station
  • Air Traffic Control Tower

Technology Design Services

  • Interactive Planning
  • VoIP telephony system
  • Audiovisual
  • Radio dispatch
  • Systems integration
  • RFP development
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Exterior view of the Eppley Airfield Parking Garage