In the wake of yesterday’s successful running of the Boston Marathon, we remember the tragic bombing at the event last year and need for first responders to have access to the information they need as quickly as possible through a variety of technological platforms.
FCC efforts to revamp the Universal Service Fund and E-rate programs to reflect a broadband focus may not seem to have anything to do with public-safety communications and FirstNet, but their impact could prove significant to the first-response community.
Multiple vendors participating in the trial demonstrate that first-responder agencies will be able to leverage new LTE capabilities while continuing to use their existing communications systems, which in turn will smooth out the migration path to FirstNet’s public-safety broadband communications network.
Motorola Solutions plans to enhance Twisted Pair’s WAVE voice-interoperability platform, and integrate its best features into Motorola’s own push-to-talk clients. Meanwhile, Twisted Pair will continue to operate in its Seattle office with no workforce reductions, and the WAVE product will maintain its brand for the next year, according to Bob Schassler, Motorola Solutions’ senior vice president of government solutions.
A state emergency management agency turns to cloud-based, unified group communications software platform, which links multiple disparate agencies throughout the state more cost-effectively and easily than moving them all to a single system.
Karthik Rangarajan, EF Johnson’s vice president of marketing, explains why land-mobile-radio technology still has a bright future—despite the hype surrounding LTE. He also discusses the work that still needs to be done concerning interoperable communications and how EFJ is aiding the effort.
Currently, mission-critical voice operation on LTE networks is unavailable and substantial research and development is required before such operation could be provided over LTE networks. Consequently, public-safety agencies must continue to plan and deploy separate narrowband voice communications networks–and P25 Phase II TDMA technology is a solid choice because of its interoperability and narrowbanding capabilities.
Maceo Woodward, software development manager for Kenwood USA, explains that as smartphones increasingly find their way into the workplace many organizations will need to integrate them with their LMR systems, and that Kenwood is well-positioned to enable that integration.