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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


Mobile Computers: Central Processing Units

The latest mobile computers for public safety are pumped up with some serious processing power.

October 24, 2011  |  by - Also by this author

Photo: Dell
Photo: Dell

Back in 1965 Intel co-founder Gordon Moore postulated that the processing power of computers would double every two years. This theory now known as Moore's Law is now one of the most prescient of scientific predictions. It's also why your wristwatch probably has more computing power than the navigation computers that guided the astronauts to the moon and back 40 years ago.

Moore's Law is clearly evident in the inexpensive home and business computer market. Today's cheapest laptop computer on the shelves at Costco would have been an engineering marvel 15 years ago. But until recently, processing power has been lagging behind in computers designed for public safety applications.

There are a couple of reasons why public safety computers are often slower and less feature filled than consumer and business models.

Public safety computers, especially mobile data systems, tend to be ruggedized so they can withstand the vibration, shock, and environmental hazards of being operated in vehicles. Accordingly, many manufacturers have focused their energies and resources on making these computers tougher, not so much on making them smarter or faster. All of that system hardening and vibration protection is costly, so rugged computers tend to cost as much as three times more than consumer models. One way that companies have controlled the cost is by using less powerful processors, while offering customers upgrades on demand.

Until recently, this wasn't a big deal. Large Metropolitan Police Department didn't need state-of-the-art computers in its cars. So it was happy to take shipment of slow but durable mobile data systems.

But in the last few years that's started to change. The public safety mobile data customer now needs fast and rugged. That's because of tools like automatic license plate readers (ALPR) and high-end computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems. That software requires state-of-the-art processing power.

Fortunately, there are now plenty of computer makers willing and able to supply high-powered mobile computers for law enforcement. Here's a look at the latest offerings from six of the top players in the market.


A huge player in the consumer and business markets, Dell entered the ruggedized mobile computer market in 2008. Dell's public safety flagship is the Latitude E6400 XFR laptop, a powerful and tough machine designed for graphics intensive applications in the field.

The Latitude E6400 XFR is so tough that you can go on YouTube and see video of it being drenched by a firehose. It meets MIL-STD 810F and even exceeds that ubiquitous standard in some categories. The Latitude's case is made of a high-tech non-metallic material used in missiles and high-performance aircraft that Dell calls "Ballistic Armor." Note: This material will not stop bullets, despite its name.

And when it comes to processing power it's a muscle machine. The Latitude's CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo with vPro technology, and its graphics card is an Nvidia Quadro.

Dell developed its latest Latitude with a "no compromises approach," according to Steve Gilbert, Dell's world wide business development manager for Rugged Computing Solutions. Independent labs and third-party testers clocked the Latitude E6400 XFR at 90 percent faster than its leading competitor, he adds.

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