Oregon Caves Upgrades Subsurface Communications
Summer 2010 marked the completion of a major, eighteen-month project to upgrade the telecommunications system in Oregon Caves. The deteriorating, stand-alone intercom system was replaced with a fiber-based communication system. Park staff evaluated a variety of options for this upgrade, including radio and copper-based systems, and worked closely with Mammoth Cave IT Specialist Patrick Price to design the system. The new system enhances staff and visitor safety and the management of in-cave emergencies and incidents with several significant improvements:
• More phones: This upgrade increased the number of phones stations from three to seven – a phone for every tenth of a mile along the tour route.
Did You Know?
The mountains surrounding Oregon Caves are composed of ocean crust including rocks uplifted directly from the mantle. These mantle rocks make up one of the largest serpentine rock outcrops in the nation.