Alcatel-Lucent and EADS Defence and Security are joining forces to develop new public-safety technologies by combining the standards in both the land-mobile radio and commercial wireless realms into a single joint solution, according to a report on Connected Planet Online. The two companies today said they have signed an agreement of principle to jointly develop an emergency communications platform based on long-term evolution and the Project 25 standards, designed to fuel interoperability between disparate local, state and federal agencies.

Alcatel Lucent will provide the LTE radio access infrastructure, data packet core, service delivery architecture and backhaul elements — all based on the 3GPP standards but optimized for the frequencies used by public safety agencies. Meanwhile EADS will integrate its existing LMR technology with the 4G platform, creating what amounts to an emergency radio network with an all-IP mobile broadband overlay. EADS will also supply the radio/LTE terminals and optimize its public safety applications for the LTE network. The two plan to target the platform first at 700 MHz, the band occupied by both digital LMR systems and the first U.S. LTE networks.

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