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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications Systems Board and Alcatel-Lucent have demonstrated the role of 4G LTE mobile broadband in enhancing the sharing of critical information between public safety teams. At the internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair (August 13-16th, 2012) – which attracts more than a million visitors each year from around the globe including key [...]
Live streaming video from cameras is being received and managed in dispatch and command centers in many large cities. This is helping improve situational awareness and decision making. The challenge is how to make this information along with operational data such as floor plans, schematics, and high resolution images that are relevant to a situation [...]
An interesting article from Wireless magazine, interviewing Philippe Agard, VP of business development for public safety about the integrated LTE 400MHz PMR solution, called Evercor. Agard explains why using LTE commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology developed for the mobile phone market is specifically relevant for the public safety community and other business critical PMR users. Indeed, they [...]
Park rangers, emergency medical services and event organizers at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Rowing Championship will be using real-time visual information (streaming video, image transfer) to ensure the safety and security of competitors and spectators, thanks to a dedicated mobile broadband network from Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent is providing a public safety 4G Long Term [...]
By Michael Roney, Editor, LifeTalk There’s no doubt about it: city life isn’t what it used to be, and that’s both good and bad. First consider the challenges: Today’s cities are larger than at any time in history. In fact, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) reports that more than 50 percent of [...]
In the article published in “Enriching Communications” eZine, Kevin Wendt, Global Director of Network Management Services and Solutions at Alcatel-Lucent shares his vision about the relevancy of combining the power of LTE with Cloud infrastructure. Wendt explains why LTE cloud infrastructure gives public safety agencies: Faster access to advanced services and applications. Because it’s a [...]
Safety, mobility and environment are critical factors that must be balanced and aligned with a trusted partner to ensure a successful safe city.
With: G. Veiga, Senior Director, Public Safety & State/Local Government, Alcatel-Lucent - 07 May 2012
Coordination is paramount in Chattanooga’s safe city program, which already is improving public safety while reducing operating costs.
With: M. Keil, CIO, City of Chattanooga - 07 May 2012