Tight budgets and competing projects will continue to put a strain on the public-safety communications industry, but manufacturers say they see still opportunities in the market, vendor representatives said during a recent webinar conducted as part of the IWCE Virtual Show.
One of the hottest debates in the public-safety industry has revolved around the issue of FCC location-accuracy requirements for 911 calls made with cell phones that are being used inside a building. Those in the 911 community should consider sharing their views about what these location-accuracy rules should include, because they promise to impact the effectiveness of emergency responses for years to come.
Key first-responder capabilities—noatably, group communications and off-network functionality—are not yet in the LTE standard, and economic pressures could hinder their development, panelists said during a public-safety session at the recent LTE North America conference in Dallas.
Tom Kuklo, vice president of business development and marketing for Bird Technologies, outlines the company’s integration of its DeltaNode acquisition, distributed-antenna-system (DAS) solutions, and new test-and-measurement offerings.
Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) should be able to get much more accurate location data from 911 callers using wireless devices indoors by leveraging information provided by commercial infrastructure such as small cells, Wi-Fi systems and Bluetooth beacons, officials for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) said in describing the details of the recent agreement struck with the four nationwide U.S. wireless carriers.
Speakers at LTE North America highlight the relationship between the proliferation of small cells and the heightened need for scalable backhaul from each of these sites. Fiber is the ideal platform, but alternatives include a wireless solution with fiber-like characteristics and a new modulation scheme that promises to “convert copper into gold.”
Alan Perdue, executive director for the Safer Buildings Coalition, discusses the safety needs associated with in-building coverage for both the general public and first-responder personnel during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson. On Dec. 11, Perdue will be a panelist during a webinar that will be part of IWCE’s Virtual Show, which is free to attendees.