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
Social Media, Relationships Boost Emergency Communications
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
On trial: Mobile broadband for public safety shown at Iowa State Fair
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 [...]
New mobile access to multiple simultaneous video feeds using LTE
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 [...]
TWC 2012 interview: Alcatel-Lucent’s Philippe Agard on the 400MHz broadband solution for public safety
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 [...]
40% productivity improvement, 25% reduction in network downtime or the reduction of alarms by factor 100!
Around the world, public safety organizations rely heavily on private telecommunications networks to ensure mission-critical operations. Police forces, fire departments, emergency medical services, government authorities and others often operate their own TETRA networks for mission critical communications. Today, these TETRA network operators are under heavy pressure to improve their communications services (availability, coverage and support [...]
Catch up with major demos at TETRA World Congress 2012
Alcatel-Lucent was a sponsor of TETRA World Congress 2012 in Dubai, the meeting place of the Critical Communications community and TETRA users. Alcatel-Lucent had a strong presence at this event with four speaking slots and a booth where we disclosed and demonstrated very innovative solutions for the Public safety industry. For those who would like to [...]
LTE network deployment for enhanced safety of competitors and spectators during NCAA Rowing Championship 2012
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 [...]
SAFE CITY – Giving your city what it really needs for a better quality of life
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 [...]
Kevin’ viewpoint about LTE Cloud to enhance Public Safety Communications
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 [...]