Olea Networks outfits the Sheriff’s Office of Hood River County, Oregon with mobile VAN units to improve operations

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Smart gateways provide cost-effective solution for sheriff’s office faced with limited data connectivity and challenging terrain

Limited data connectivity and a challenging physical environment are nothing new to Sheriff Matt English of the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. For a long time he and his team had to operate under such conditions, as there were no practical or economical connectivity options for his fleet. Working with a limited budget from a grant, Sheriff English needed a cost-effective connectivity solution to connect his squad cars, officers, and teams as they covered 533 square miles in a county with extreme variations in topography, from just above sea level to over 11,000 feet.

After reviewing his options on the market, Sheriff English opted for 10 Olea Networks Vehicle Area Networks (VAN) units, which were deployed on individual squad cars. The improved connectivity afforded by the VAN units means that the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office now has reliable connectivity to utilize the software programs it depends on to connect to mobile data centers in order to relay information to and from deputies in the field. Built in GPS antennas on each VAN unit give further functionality, allowing Sheriff English and his team to track each squad car in real time, both at the command center and in the field.

“What Olea Networks offered us—and what we ultimately decided to invest in against other options in the market—was a budget-conscious connectivity solution ideal for our mixture of rural and populated areas,” said Sheriff English. Using the VAN units in conjunction with tablets, Sheriff English also added that the Olea Networks’ solution kept the need for in-car wiring to a minimum, helping to keep his team especially mobile.

With Olea Networks’ bundled solution, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office was able to adjust to its exact needs while remaining on budget. Indeed, Olea Networks’ product suite offers an industry-leading feature set at an unprecedented value, enabling customization and unique deployment scenarios for every organization’s connectivity needs.

About Olea Networks
Olea Networks provides ruggedized, intelligent network infrastructure solutions for simple and efficient deployment of data services anytime, anyplace. Our proprietary technology enables secure, reliable connectivity across a private or public network for instant communication, data reliability, and services provisioning. Organizations worldwide working in areas poorly served by cellular coverage can quickly and easily deploy an ad hoc cellular, Wi-Fi, or mesh network to ensure business productivity and operational performance. This connectivity serves to benefit many industries and is particularly suited for the construction, disaster recovery, event management, mobile fleet, and oil and gas industries. Olea Networks products are available through an extensive network of trusted domestic and international resellers. Visit http://www.oleanetworks.com for more information.

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