MERC Conducts RF Interference Research at Guardian Centers During Mock Subway Attack

PERRY, GEORGIA (April 28, 2015)  MERC conducted their final full-scale emergency response exercise at Guardian Centers on April 28, 2015 with support from more than 50 First Responders from multiple agencies in Middle Georgia. The purpose of the exercise was to create a realistic RF environment to evaluate interference and communications degradation during a large scale emergency response, using current and emerging technologies.

The scenario for the exercise was an explosion in a subway station with numerous casualties. Guardian Centers’ quarter mile subway is a realistic controlled venue that replicates a working subway platform and tunnel. Following a large simulated explosion, the subway remained cloaked in darkness and smoke throughout the duration of the exercise.

MERC received tremendous support from Guardian Centers and from the entire first responder community of Middle Georgia.  The exercise participants greatly appreciated the unique opportunity this event provided them to establish communications and test mutual aid response procedures with multiple agencies in a world-class training facility.

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

To learn more, please visit MERC's website at www.merc-mercer.org.