Juan Santiago, vice president of business development for Athena Wireless, describes the capabilities of the company’s LTE small-cell offerings for fixed indoor and outdoor environments, or to be embedded into other solutions to enable mobile connectivity.
Wim Brouwer, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent’s FirstNet team, explains his company’s recent demonstration of priority, preemption and quality-of-service functionality on a standards-based public-safety LTE network during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) lost one of its technical leaders with Emil Olbrich’s resignation from his post as the head of LTE research, development, testing and evaluation for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to pursue private-sector opportunities.
FirstNet staff members last week reiterated a commitment to ensuring that the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders will provide public-safety-grade reliability and local control, while outlining three key scenarios concerning the possible number of LTE sites needed to support the system.
PSCR currently is testing devices capable of accessing as many as 10 spectrum bands; though intermodulation issues exist, PSCR is working through them, says Emil Olbrich, the organization’s head of research and development. Olbrich predicts that Android ultimately will be the operating system of choice for public safety, despite the fact that it currently is less secure than other operating systems.
Prototypes of LTE products that provide full mission-critical-voice functionality could be available for laboratory testing within two years, said Dereck Orr, program manager for Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR), in recent congressional testimony.