Bliksund's solutions and expertise play a key role in the Danish Emergency Management Agency's new specially developed vehicles

When major accidents or disasters occur, the Danish Emergency Management Agency, DEMA, needs so-called communication vehicles from which they can control and direct operations. Bliksund is helping in the development of a completely new version of these vehicles for the DEMA - and in the future, the major decisions during incidents will be made from these vehicles. communication vehicle 2

The new communication vehicles, which will be placed strategically around Denmark, are equipped with advanced technology including six large screens, whiteboard cameras, mast cameras, GIS maps and a large tactical board.

Chief Sergeant at the DEMA North Jutland, David V. Thomsen, says that the new vehicles represent a technological quantum leap:

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"The new vehicles will make a big difference to our work going forward. The technological possibilities we get in the new vehicles are unlike anything we've had before. It will feel like we are being lifted 20 years into the future," says David V. Thomsen.



Many configurations and customisations 

Bliksund has played a central role in the entire process of developing the vehicles and equipment to meet the standards of The Danish Armed Forces:

"This assignment has differed from what we are normally involved in. Both because of the length of the task, but also because we had to get the systems to talk to the The Danish Armed Forces systems that the DEMA is subject to. This has required a greater degree of configuration and customisation along the way so that everything could work together," says Asger Plæhn, Account Director at Bliksund

In addition to making sure that the systems meet the Defense's standards, there was also the task of making it easy to use in everyday operations:

Asger resize-1"The challenge is that the equipment must function and live up to the security requirements of the The Danish Armed Forces, but at the same time be easy to use operationally for the individual users during operations where time is a crucial factor. We have solved this challenge by drawing on our many years of experience, where we have solved many different tasks for the police and emergency services at home and abroad - but also by seeing opportunities rather than limitations," says Asger Plæhn.

 

Can operate anywhere

One of the solutions that Bliksund has contributed with is to ensure that the trucks have internet coverage at all times, so they can operate anywhere in the country.

"It may seem quite simple to have internet coverage. But the reality is that in some incidents we have experienced being without it. The last time we experienced this was during a major fire in Nystrup, where we had poor internet and SINE coverage. Here we experienced that the technology that was supposed to help us didn't work," says David V. Thomsen.

David Thomsen shows incidentshare in the new communication vehicles

Well-known video solution

The new communication vehicles will also use the video solution, IncidentShare. With the help of eight-meter high mast cameras, you can follow the incident inside the vehicles and get an overview of the incident. You can also follow the incident from other locations and share across authorities.  

"The incident commanders don't actually have to get out of the car because of the new cameras on the vehicles. They get an incredible overview from inside the vehicle. This gives the incident commanders incredibly valuable support in making decisions and will give communication and coordination a real boost," says David V. Thomsen.

IncidentShare is already a well-known tool at the Danish Emergency Management Agency, making it easy to implement in the vehicles:

"At the DEMA, we already use IncidentShare to a great extent - and especially our Drone Unit. So in that sense, it's a bit of a walk in the park," says David V. Thomsen.

Supports cross-functional collaboration

The communication vehicles are primarily built for the Danish Emergency Management Agency's own needs during major incidents. However, they are also designed so that police, fire brigade, healthcare personnel and others emergency sectors can be invited into the vehicles during major accidents and disasters.

"In the case of major incidents, you often gather an incident commander from each of the three units; fire, police and health. They are the ones who take care of the management. They can now go into our vehicles, lead the response and use all the features in the vehicles" Says David V. Thomsen.

The communication vehicles are expected to be operational in early 2025 - read more about them at Forsvarsministeriets Materiel- og Indkøbsstyrelse FMI