Motorola Solutions this week announced the commercial release of their public-safety LTE solution with shipments beginning Nov. 11, 2011. AT&T and Harris have also formed alliance to deliver next-generation LTE to public safety, combining it with a narrowband voice solution.
Motorola’s system will support a host of public-safety applications such as Motorola’s PremierOne for managing public safety applications, real-time video streaming, tactical collaboration, dynamic mapping and routing, and in-field reporting as well as push to talk (PTT) and voice telephony.
The Motorola and Verizon Wireless alliance is said to enable first responders to connect to their services on both the Motorola LTE network and Verizon Wireless’ nationwide 3G/4G network. Motorola’s roaming arrangement with Verizon lets public-safety users use Verizon’s broadband wireless network when their private public-safety LTE network is unavailable.
Motorola’s partnerships with Ericsson and Verizon Wireless provide their foundation for LTE public-safety communications by combining a complete suite of LTE services that span planning, integration, support and hosting.
Meanwhile, Alcatel-Lucent will provide an end-to-end LTE solution to Charlotte, N.C., using the dedicated spectrum for public service broadband. The city of Charlotte, N.C., has approved a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an LTE public-safety network in the 700 MHz broadband. The $16.7 million LTE Public Safety Network was primarily funded by a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant.
The City of Charlotte (pop: 731,424) will provide speeds of 3 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up to all public safety agencies across multiple jurisdictions, constructing 24 new wireless towers to complement six existing towers on the network, and bring over 11,000 public safety users onto the system.
Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola both hope taxpayers will drop tens of billions on their broadband vision, creating a parallel cellular network for police agencies. First responders say if they owned and operated their own broadband network nationwide, they could deal with all the jurisdictional disputes, technical glitches and cost overruns.
Urgent Communications spoke with Chief Jeff Johnson, one of public safety’s staunchest advocates for dedicating D Block for public safety (above). He addresses the network’s importance and why chiefs should lobby for the D Block.
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