This area is for some of our major completed projects. Where available pictures of the
sites have been includes for review.
GCI constucts new facility on Currahee Mountain.
The GCI communications facility on Currahee Mountain had seen better days. The site was originally constructed
in 1979 by a previous communications company consisted of a 8' x 8' concrete block shelter and 100' rohn 25G tower. Time and
elements had taken their toll on both. Company plans to deploy a Wimax Wireless Internet system with Currahee Mtn as the hub
site was to much for the crowded building and the 30 year old tower just could not support the antenna loading requirements.
During the spring and summer of 2009 GCI personnel excavated, formed and poured the 20' x 20' concrete pad to support the
new 160' self supporting tower. A new 10' x 18' concrete shelter with solid pour roof, walls and floor replaced the old block
building. The new building houses all our two way systems, 158.460 Mhz alphanumeric paging system, customer radios, an amateur
radio repeater and our new wireless broadband system. Site security which we did not have before now supports video cameras
with 30 days of logging and site entry alarms. The site also has a 15kw Generac propane generator for backup power.
Stephens County E911 Project
GCI awarded multiple contracts to install the radio equipment, microwave equipment,
system, Radio dispatching consoles, voice logging recorder and 160' Self supporting tower. The new radio system incorporated
4.9Ghz microwave to provide dispatcher priority of of voice traffic on all voice systems atop nearby Currahee Mountain. The
microwave also support Ethernet connectivity to the mountain top communications site to support security and remote maintenance
SGRITA Phase I
South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority is a state authorized project to provide wireless broadband
services to five southwest georgia counties. The counties of Miller, Calhoun, Early, Baker and Mitchell will soon be enjoying
high speed Internet and network connectivity usually only available in urband areas. The 3.7 million dollar project is a joint
venture with funds being provided by One Georgia and the Flint River Soil and Water conservation district. goto www.sgrita.org for more information.
Madison County, GA Voted Repeater System upgrade
GCI awarded the contract to enhance the county's Public Safety radio systems. The County currently
uses three simplex VHF channels. The new systems will convert existing licenses to support three voted repeater systems.
Each repeater has six satellite receiver sites which receive portable and mobile signals which are then relayed back to the
central voter site using 4.9 Ghz digital microwave links. The new system will include all narrow band equipment. Upon completion
Madison County will be one of the first counties in Georgia to have completely transistioned to narrowband operation in compliance
with the FCC mandate. The microwave system design in addition to providing the backhaul for the audio from the satellite receivers,
incorporates ethernet connectivity to all tower sites to support remote monitoring of electrical and environmental devices
and provides a starting off point for the county to economically deploy a mobile data system for first responders.
Franklin County GA 911 Center
was contracted to install a new E911 Telephone system, Radio Dispatching consoles and provide oversight for the new Computer
Aided Dispatch system provided by Southern Software. The center installed four positions of TCI Invision e911 telephone system
and IPC TDM 150 dispatching consoles.
Oconee County SC Microwave Project
GCI has just completed a multi-phase contract
to enhance the services and capabilities of the County Public Safety Radio Network. Phase I of the project consisted of building
a new communications site near Piedmont Forestry Center in Tamassee, SC. The site included a 190' Self Supporting Tower and
concrete equipment shelter to house the communications equipment. The tower and building were designed to withstand 110 mph
winds. Phase II of the project consisted of installing two 4.9 Ghz Microwave systems to transport voice and data. The microwave
systems will connect the new Piedmont Forestry site and the Oconee County 911 Center to their main communication site on Long
Mountain, near Mountain Rest, SC. The new system also included a new monitoring system called Smurfnet and remote maintenence
capability. Smurfnet is the name of GCI's custom designed monitoring system. Smurfnet continuously checks system devices at
a number of sites, performs diagnostics and reports any failures or system malfunctions via email which is then forwarded
to GCI technicians pagers and cell phones. Smurfnet also allows GCI technicians from anywhere with Internet access to log
into the various devices, determine the problem, and if necessary bring the backup systems online. Being able to perform test
and diagnostic routines remotely has greatly enhance our abilty to prompt restoration so services.