All of us benefit from good mobile backhaul and the enhanced cellular coverage and improved customer experience it enables. When it comes to public safety, however, good backhaul is means much more. It can be a matter of life and death.
Good LTE (News - Alert) backhaul is particularly important for public safety because the number of opportunities LTE opens for first responders and public safety organizations to improve their responsiveness services.
Some of the new applications for the public safety community include high-definition video, digital imaging, geographic information systems (GIS), automatic vehicle location (AVL), Voice over IP (VoIP), interoperability with LMR systems and others. These in fact are all part of the US’s next generation public safety network, FirstNet.
The company’s LTE for Public Safety solution provides a standards-based holistic communications infrastructure that delivers evolutionary LTE so public safety entities can start using the network for enhanced voice today and mobile broadband applications later when developed.
Leveraging lightRadio™ technology, Alcatel-Lucent’s (News - Alert) Public Safety LTE solution operates in the 380-470 MHz band. The company’s integrated LTE 400 PMR, Evercor, integrates broadband services into existing TETRA /TETRAPOL networks, and the solution uses the 700 MHz band for North America.
“Our flexible business models meet the demand for broadband wireless network deployments for customers who are resource-constrained, do not have the expertise in their own organization, or simply want to focus on their core public safety mission,” notes Alcatel-Lucent.
The company’s Mobile Broadband Solution for FirstNet also helps ensure that emergency response agencies are afforded new applications to help them keep the public and critical infrastructure safe.
“Including the LTE 4G solution, Mobile Broadband Solution for FirstNet provides the basis for the nationwide interoperability of the future, required for the deployment of FirstNet in the US,” noted the company. “LTE provides multiple benefits that enhance situational awareness, decision making, response times and safety for first responders themselves.”
While LTE backhaul benefits everyone, it certainly is important for the public safety community. With the Alcatel-Lucent solutions, the mobile backhaul can be in place to support those needs.
Edited by Peter Bernstein