The fire department in Anne Arundel County, Md., uses ARINC’s AWINS technology in its mobile command unit.

ARINC Inc., Annapolis, Md., demonstrated a portable version of its AWINS technology for emergency radio interoperability at the Emergency Preparedness Seminar, a training conference sponsored by the Homeland Defense Journal in Washington, D.C.

The two-day seminar, which was held Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 and titled “Hurricane Katrina – Lessons Learned,” featured leaders from industry, government and public safety sectors discussing their experiences responding to the hurricane. ARINC’s AWINS technology played a large part in restoring emergency communications for the New Orleans area after the storm.

While the company’s technology used during the hurricane was carried aboard a 45-foot mobile command and communications unit from Anne Arundel County and had the ability to connect 18 different types of radio systems at once, the company used a smaller AWINS system in a portable equipment case for the demonstration.

The Emergency Preparedness Seminar in Washington is the first of a series organized by Homeland Defense Journal for emergency management experts from various fields to come together and collectively share how local jurisdictions can better address the onset, arrival and aftermath of a major natural disaster.