Curious about the latest developments in mission critical communications for public safety? This year’s International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) was one of the best places to see and learn about the latest communications technologies. LTE is being adopted as the next generation wireless technology for First Responder communications globally. Initially, LTE networks were intended to augment [...]
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“Ahead of cyber attacks that double in number every year, it is necessary to recruit experts, capable of protecting, detecting, responding and repairing” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister for Defence at the International Forum on Cyber Security (FIC 2014) in Lille, France. He has announced a €1 billion program over the coming years [...]
When Superstorm Sandy raked the U.S. in October 2012, it not only impacted 24 coastal states from Florida to Maine, but also reached hundreds of miles inland across the Appalachian Mountains to places such as Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. In total it caused massive destruction and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, with financial [...]
Facing catastrophic flooding, Calgary, Alberta switched its 32 business units to a new IP/MPLS-based communications system in a matter of hours.
With: H. Reed-Fenske, Manager of Innovation and Collaboration and David Basto, Vin Bhola, and Sylvain Mayer, of the Calgary City Net (CCN) project team - 10 Dec 2013
Encompassing Houston, the fourth largest USA city, Harris County set up long-term strategic plan for ICT to better protect life, property and the local economy in the face of natural disasters.
With: M. Sloan, Emergency Management Coordinator, Harris County, Texas - 10 Dec 2013
New media platforms have dramatically changed the dynamics of communications in natural disaster situations, creating both challenges and opportunities.
With: M. L. Doerfel, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication, Rutgers University - 10 Dec 2013
In emergency situations, to successfully coordinate multiple agencies and their missions a highly resilient network is required – secure, reliable, flexible, and interoperable – allowing emergency managers to make better decisions that support their responding organizations.
With: S. Jennings, Executive Director, Public Safety, Alcatel-Lucent - 09 Dec 2013
During the last few months, Cassidian, together with Alcatel-Lucent, successfully conducted extensive Long Term Evolution trials in 4G LTE pilot networks in France, Spain, the Middle East and Mexico. The partnership of Cassidian and Alcatel-Lucent aims to provide field radio communications systems with mobile broadband data capabilities, whereby Cassidian is using its know-how in the [...]
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department, along with the Nevada Department of Transportation and other first responders, and Alcatel-Lucent conducted a six-month trial of a 4G LTE public safety network in a designated section of the city of Las Vegas in the United States, using 700 MHz spectrum. Michael Barnbeck, Director, Radio Systems Bureau, of the Las [...]
Prioritization and pre-emption are critical features for public safety operations on LMR/PMR networks. Because of the nature of incidents and responses by emergency services personnel, such features enable priorities to be set so that critical voice communications by designated personnel, be they incident commanders, dispatchers, chiefs or supervisors, will always get through. The latest series [...]
Did you miss the 2013 CCW (Critical Communications World, formerly TETRA World Congress) and its major announcements in Paris last month? Don’t worry, watch this 6-minute video, where Thierry Sens, Director Marketing of Alcatel-Lucent’s Strategic Industries, will guide you through the new, innovative solutions showcased on the Alcatel-Lucent booth. Catch up with disclosed equipment for [...]
Bombs at the Boston Marathon were followed by speedy and massive coordination of law enforcement on all levels to quickly identify, track and neutralize the suspected terrorists who had set them off. This incident provided dramatic reminder of the critical nature of interoperable public safety communications, and the unprecedented power of dynamic rich media such [...]
Charlotte, North Carolina is ready to deploy a regional LTE public safety project and serve as pilot site for the FirstNet.
With: C. Robinson, Director of Shared Services for the City of Charlotte and Chair of the FCC’s Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability for FirstNet - 14 May 2013
FirstNet’s data-rich applications will act as game changers for how public safety is conducted, requiring partnerships and new models of technology use and control.
With: K. Budka, CTO, Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent and Vice-Chair of the FCC’s Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability for FirstNet - 14 May 2013
Utility companies can help defray FirstNet costs in significant ways through investment and contribution of essential infrastructure.
With: B. Kilbourne, Deputy General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council - 14 May 2013
FirstNet’s national interoperable broadband communications system will change the way public safety is viewed and conducted in the United States.
With: H. McEwen, Chairman of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee - 14 May 2013
Alcatel-Lucent has carried out a key demonstration of its Voice-over-IMS and RCS presence technology to the Board of FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority) in US, an important step in the adoption of industry standards-based Public Safety LTE in broadband voice and data communications for emergency services. The demonstration, conducted at the Boulder, Colorado laboratories [...]
Watch the Broadband US TV webcast – a special program on FirstNet ‘one year later’ – hosted by Jim Baller and Marty Stern, with the following guests: Laura Pettus, Program Manager, NTIA Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program Dr. Andrew Afflerbach, CEO/Director of Engineering – CTC Technology & Energy Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, Law and [...]
Find out 10 tips for achieving operational efficiency in public safety communications using an informed, strategic approach, combined with the transparency and automation offered by an OSS/BSS.
With: M. Jaeger, OSS Portfolio Public Sector, Alcatel-Lucent - 26 Feb 2013
For public safety agencies, the impact of operational support systems (OSS) is felt everywhere from the control room to incident sites and beyond.
With: P. Kidner, Chief Executive Officer, TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA) - 26 Feb 2013