Most industry observers acknowledge that there are two primary components to making mission-critical voice a reality. First, technical hurdles that must be cleared. Second, the technical solutions need to be incorporated into the LTE standard.
The FCC granted aspects of a petition from the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) calling for removal of Jan. 1, 2011, deadlines that would prohibit vendors from importing and manufacturing equipment that would operate on 25 kHz channels.
The interim deadline of Jan. 1, 2011 for narrowbanding, includes some stipulations that could have some unexpected interoperability and equipment-cost issues that the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council believes should be avoided.
NYPD communications chief Charles Dowd is outspoken in his belief that broadband is the future of public-safety voice and data communications. He’s not afraid to challenge conventional thinking — and battle his peers — in his effort to realize this vision sooner rather than later.