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What’s the one thing you can’t do without in a natural disaster?

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 [...]

Emergency ICT Comes Through for Calgary during Flood Crisis

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

Harris County: Investing in Communications to Protect Millions of Texans

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

Interoperability, Flexibility Essential for ICT during Natural Disasters

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

4G LTE trial for Las Vegas first responders

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 [...]

Data and Video Prioritization and Pre-emption on LTE Band 14 at APCO 2013

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 [...]

The essential revolution: How public safety is about to change forever – The FirstNet example

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 [...]

City of Charlotte Ready for FirstNet Development

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

Looking Ahead to FirstNet

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

Utilities Could be Key Partners in FirstNet Success

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 Poised to Create Dramatic Changes

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

Demonstrating Voice-over-IMS Interoperability on FirstNet LTE Mobile Broadband Network

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 [...]

A special program on FirstNet ‘one year later’

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 [...]

How do you manage complex systems with greater efficiency and savings?

LTE mobile broadband; video surveillance cameras and analytics for enhanced situational awareness; automated response systems; legacy TETRA networks; collaboration with multiple agencies and users; increased security and response expectations; tightened budgets.  It all has to be reconciled, balanced, coordinated and carefully monitored with maximum, always-on visibility and control on any number of devices regardless of [...]

10 Tips for Increased Operational Efficiency

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

Expanding Reach and Cooperation with OSS

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

OSS: Enabling Efficiency and Savings

OSS enables public safety agencies to manage complex communications network, providing a new model for public safety communications going forward.

With: S. Nye, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Verticals, Informa Telecoms & Media - 26 Feb 2013

ASTRID Benefits from Advanced Management Solutions

Belgium’s public safety network operator assures efficiency through a management system providing an overall view of assets, operations, automating billing and provisioning.

With: B. Antoine, IT & Infrastructure Program Manager, ASTRID Belgium - 26 Feb 2013

Breaking the Interoperability Barrier with Multimedia Collaboration Across Public Safety LTE

Interoperability is the key to effective communications and continues to be an issue during multi-agency incident response.  This includes connectivity of first responders with the command center, with each having their own agency communication assets. Well, the move towards IP-based communications, such as first responder mobile broadband, with Public Safety LTE changes this. Public safety [...]

Interoperability testing brings the benefits of multi-vendor public safety LTE a step closer

Recently, Alcatel-Lucent successfully completed initial interoperability testing of its Public Safety LTE solution by demonstrating interoperability with Cisco, Ericsson and NSN equipment. Cisco, NSN and Harris have also made an interoperability announcement recently, although this was only for NSN radio access network equipment (RAN) with a Cisco Evolved Packet Core, whereas Alcatel-Lucent showed interoperability of [...]