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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks and user radio equipment have been the cornerstone of mobile communications for First Responders for decades. The trend from traditional analog to more robust wireless broadband networks in recent years has improved the overall accessibility but questions remain on whether the new networks can provide all the required capabilities First Responders need to do their job.

Increasing demand for bandwidth intensive applications such as video, advanced mapping and analytics, alongside critical voice communications has been driving adoption of broadband LTE cellular networks, such as FirstNet.

Join our panel of industry experts for this insightful 60-minute on-demand webinar as they discuss the critical differences between LMR networks and LTE networking, how these technologies can successfully co-exist, and explore the future of critical communications for First Responders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Current and future industry trends for LTE and LMR technologies
  • Challenges and obstacles with the convergence of technologies
  • Real-life examples of successful hybrid communication strategies for First Responders
  • Recommendations for future proofing your agency; adoption of new technologies and how to bridge the gap


Tony Morris, VP North American Sales, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Jesus Gonzalez, Analyst II, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Andrew Seybold, Senior Partner, Andrew Seybold Inc.

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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

An exceeding number of police departments and law enforcement agencies, whose officers spend upwards of 3-4 hours a day completing incident reports and other time-sensitive paperwork*, are turning to smarter tools, such as speech recognition solutions, to help transform their police reporting workflows.

View this on-demand webinar to hear why these law enforcement professionals are embracing smarter tools to complete higher-quality reports and move mission-critical information within the CAD/RMS faster and more efficiently – all by voice.

This discussion will provide you with an understanding of:

  • What law enforcement has to say about current reporting processes
  • Why officers, especially recruits, want smarter tools to help with police paperwork
  • Why manual reporting has a negative impact on report accuracy and productivity and can hinder criminal proceedings
  • How departments can speed up data entry within the CAD/RMs and move mission-critical information more accurately and efficiently
  • How speech recognition technology can help increase officer safety and improve situational awareness and productivity on patrol
  • Why embracing smarter technology increases community visibility, and minimizes costs

Learn how your department can make incident reporting faster, safer and more complete by viewing our on-demand webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Critical Incident Intel

When something really bad is going down, GEOCommand can provide you with key information that can save lives.

December 01, 2007  |  by - Also by this author

It's the call that every patrol supervisor dreads. Dispatch has sent you a "shots fired" call. People are down. You have an active shooter on your hands.

The location is an industrial plant. You don't know exactly what they do there, but you know that they use some nasty toxic stuff to do it. And now you and your officers have to enter this place and engage an unstable gunman.

Right now, you would sell your right arm for a floorplan and some information about what exactly is in use in the building. After all, you don't want to order your people into a hazardous material zone without the proper protection.

Fortunately, you don't have to sell your right arm. A company called GEOCommand has created a software program that can supply you with vital information on key buildings in your jurisdiction, including floorplans and the presence of wicked little surprises like hazardous materials.

GEOCommand is essentially a geographic information system (GIS) tool that was designed to give first responders valuable intel about any location in their area of operation. In the active shooter scenario above, if the patrol supervisor had GEOCommand on his mobile computer, then he would have access to floorplans, elevator and power supply locations, hazardous material inventories with safety instructions, information on the nearest hospitals, and other critical intel. He could also relay this information to any number of responding units.

Michael Rand, marketing director for GEOCommand, says the product was developed as a resource for firefighters working at federal laboratories, and it has grown into a tool for all first responders. "We see GEOCommand as an excellent resource for SWAT and other law enforcement operations," he says.

GEOCommand can be integrated with your existing computer-aided dispatch system. This means that incident commanders can use it not only to gain valuable intel on the building that their officers must operate in, but also to allocate resources to respond to that incident.

One of the best features of GEOCommand is that it allows local officers to create their own building pre-plans. For example, with the growing concerns over campus active shooters and terrorist attacks on schools and universities, an agency could use GEOCommand to create detailed profiles on all campus buildings in its jurisdiction and relay that information to responders over their mobile computers as they speed toward an incident. Such intel could save time and lives.

"You don't have to be a GIS specialist to add your own preplans in GEOCommand," says Rand. "It's easy to use and all of the capability that you need is built into the product." Need FREEInfo? Use #22301.

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