The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has launched a new communication network that allows emergency responders to exchange secure real-time voice, data, and video information in a nuclear or radiological emergency.
The new Emergency Communication Network (ECN) uses encrypted private networks to enable emergency responders to communicate with internal and external partners.
ECN is hosted in a commercial data storage facility in Las Vegas. The Director of NNSA and Lisa E. Gordon Hagerty, Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Safety Administration, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 2.
Gordon-Hagerty visited the Nevada National Security Service (NNSS) in the area as part of a summer tour of the agency's eight laboratories, factories, and locations nationwide.
Gordon-Hagerty said: "Our emergency personnel should have the fastest and most reliable communications to effectively respond to nuclear or radiological incidents or accidents." "As the administrator of US taxpayer funds, I strongly support the NNSA data storage and Spend less money on operations while maintaining a highly secure network environment."
ECN will enhance the ability of emergency personnel to deal with situations involving NNSA's assets and interests. Examples of large amounts of data include radiation detection and analysis, geographic information system maps, data telemetry and nuclear/radiological detection applications, and other response tools. The ECN data center migration project is estimated to cost US$7.8 million. The project was completed ahead of schedule and the budget was insufficient.