Alcatel-Lucent to demonstrate LTE push to talk, multistream video (with related video)
LAS VEGAS — Alcatel-Lucent will demonstrate its LTE capabilities, including push-to-talk voice capability and multistream video, during this week's International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) trade show.
One major concern among public-safety officials regarding LTE is that transmitting multiple bandwidth-intensive video steams to or from an emergency incident could saturate the throughput capacity in a given cell sector. A Bell Labs' innovation known as First Responder Video compresses multiple video streams into to the bandwidth normally consumed by one video stream, according to Fred Scalera, public-safety director for strategic industries at Alcatel-Lucent.
"This can stream 4-7 steams of video using only the bandwidth of one," Scalera said. "I can be talking over the radio to another car and say, 'OK, I'm going to push you the video you need to see,' I'm going to hit it on the screen, and it's going to appear on the other guy's iPad, like he was in his car. So, you'll be able to direct and push video to who, where and when you want it seen."
In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will have is Striker 1 mobile command vehicle on the show floor (booth 2068), operating live on Band 14 LTE to demonstrate its communications capabilities, including the ability to connect P25 and broadband networks in a push-to-talk environment, Scalera said.
"I'll hit the push-to-talk button on the P25 radio, go through the gateway, out to LTE and to Wi-Fi, and you'll hear my voice on the iPad," he said. "Then, I will push the button on the iPad and talk to the person on the other end with the P25 radio, showing you that it's agnostic — we can work with anyone or any system.
"It's Motorola portables, it's a Raytheon switch, it's an Apple iPad and you're coming over our LTE system, which is agnostic — it really doesn't matter what equipment you use."