Pierce Introduces Enhanced Command Zone Advanced Electronics and Controls System

The Pierce® Command Zone™ advanced electronics system offers enhanced capabilities that benefit the driver, officer, and maintenance teams—and features technologies such as built-in GPS and WiFi connectivity for a whole new level of performance.

APPLETON, WI—Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, recently introduced the all-new patent pending Pierce® Command Zone™ advanced electronics system The new Command Zone system offers expanded capabilities to benefit the driver, officer, and maintenance teams—and features technologies such as integrated GPS and WiFi connectivity for a whole new level of performance.

“The Pierce Command Zone system represents a paradigm shift in the future of firefighting operations and maintenance,” says Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “By working with fire departments from coast to coast, we’ve incorporated a wide range of new integrated capabilities while allowing for the integration of future enhancements.”

The Pierce Command Zone system displays its real-time data and diagnostic information through a full-featured and full-color seven-inch industrial-grade touchscreen monitor. Apparatus vehicle drivers benefit from touchscreen “at-a-glance” views of initial diagnostics to ensure that “all systems are go” prior to vehicle departure. Screen views include important safety information such as “do not move truck” warnings and seat belt system usage. Optional capabilities include integrated GPS mapping system that seamlessly directs the driver to any emergency scene. Other available capabilities include tire pressure monitoring, collision mitigation, and outrigger placement if operating an aerial.

The officer and scene commander benefit from the wireless data transmission capability. The Command Zone system operates as its own mobile WiFi network and can simultaneously connect and share data between five smart phones or tablets. Firefighters have access to important emergency scene information through Command Zone monitors or via connected network devices. These remote devices can be used to monitor truck health and vehicle control functions such as HVAC and scene lighting, as well as diagnose truck conditions.

Integrating a subscription service called Streetwise, the Command Zone system takes scene management to a whole new level. With Streetwise, the officer and scene commanders are provided enhanced situational awareness through a wide range of at-their-fingertips data specific to a department’s geography, including the location of fire hydrants, way points, and other responding apparatus.

Service technicians are able run and view diagnostic codes and troubleshooting procedures from the touchscreen display, or on a tablet using a Wi-Fi, cell, or USB interface. Data logging capabilities enable the system to maintain a history of each vehicle’s fault codes, warnings and cautions. These are reviewable in easy to understand terms, essentially eliminating the need for special troubleshooting tools and software. The end result is faster diagnostics and increased vehicle uptime.

“At Pierce, we continually push the envelope to provide fire departments with cutting edge technologies that translate to improved response and better outcomes,” says Johnson.

For more information, visit www.piercemfg.com.

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