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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 Wi-Fi connectivity for a whole new level of performance.

APPLETON, Wis. (April 23, 2015) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today introduced the all-new patent pending Pierce® Command Zone™ advanced electronics system at the Fire Departments Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The new Command Zone system offers expanded capabilities to benefit the driver, officer, and maintenance teams – and features technologies such as integrated GPS and Wi-Fi 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,” said 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 Wi-Fi 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,” said Johnson. “There are three unique Pierce Command Zone displays at FDIC – each showcasing its many benefits to fire departments – alongside product experts ready to demonstrate its capabilities.”

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM by Pierce Mfg.

Topics: Press Release, Innovation, Tradeshows

About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide by rental companies, concrete placement and refuse collection businesses, fire & emergency departments, municipal and airport services and defense forces, where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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