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Ensuring coverage without compromise for emergency responders

In the field of law enforcement, fighting crime, responding to emergencies, maintaining order and keeping the public safe are all in a day’s work. Whether it’s a full-fledge disaster involving multiple buildings and citizens, or one individual’s life that’s at stake, there is no room for slow connectivity or gaps in radio communication.

Today, with advancements in technology and dedicated public safety LTE networks, slow connectivity and poor communication are becoming things of the past. The world's most advanced 4G mobile broadband technologies are now available on a dedicated spectrum to emergency responders, delivering unprecedented access to real-time, multimedia information anywhere, anytime.

Even better, new applications and user devices are being developed to operate on standards-compliant LTE networks and deliver specific public safety grade functionality, meaning the technology is evolving constantly.

Commercial vs. public safety LTE

LTE stands for Long-Term Evolution and is the standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals. There are currently two technology families providing wireless communications: commercial cellular networks and dedicated public safety systems.

Public safety LTE networks ensure critical information is transmitted seamlessly, allowing police officers, paramedics, firefighters and other response agencies to communicate with each other and other jurisdictions during emergencies.

The main advantages of public safety LTE networks include: faster response with real-time information always available; around-the-clock access to critical voice and data; and increased overall safety, collaboration and productivity resulting in better, safer outcomes.

While commercial networks coverage areas are designed based on population density and the daily busy hour rates, private LTE networks are designed for geographic coverage and peak utilization.

Delivering coverage without compromise

Given emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, public safety agencies need to rely on a PS LTE network for coverage without compromise.

Motorola Solutions’s Public Safety LTE, for example, provides agencies with immediate access to a public safety grade LTE that is fully compatible with industry standards and interoperable with commercial operator LTE systems for nationwide roaming.  When public safety professionals travel off of the Motorola Solutions Public Safety LTE network, they can have interoperability and secure roaming onto carrier 3G and 4G networks. Agencies can also directly access a secure provisioning and management terminal to add, delete and change user accounts in real time on both the Public Safety LTE network and the carrier networks, whether to support day-to-day operations, planned events or an emergency response. What’s more, they can deploy an LTE solution for immediate access to high bandwidth data and video information, and then later add new applications for a higher grade of service.

More features and options
  • Agencies can link LTE and two-way radio users together with secure, voice push-to-talk (PTT), and dynamically prioritize users and data serving the most critical incidents, while de-prioritizing non-essential traffic.
  • First responders can experience real-time wireless video streaming that adapts to the changing signal quality inherent with wireless broadband.
  • Network coverage can be expanded during disaster recovery situations, capacity added, or LTE connectivity added when in remote areas, providing first responders with high speed broadband connectivity whenever and wherever they need it.
  • To ensure coverage remains, back-up generators and hardened sites are built to provide highly reliable and available communications for first responders, even during peak times when other networks are saturated.
  • The Motorola Solutions Public Safety LTE platform will recognize every device on the system, know whether it is on or off, whether it is engaged in covert operations, what the device is capable of handling, what applications are currently in use and the priority of its current owner.

For more information on Motorola Solutions’ Public Safety LTE technology platform, visit: http://t.na.motorolasolutions.com/webApp/canadian_public_safety_lte

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