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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


Improvised Law Enforcement Technology

Agencies strapped for cash can find many ways to give the necessary tools to their officers.

May 22, 2012  |  by Tim Dees - Also by this author

Photo: Vince Taroc
Photo: Vince Taroc

The recession has made most law enforcement agencies cut back on their purchases of technology. At many agencies, if you can't get a grant for the latest tool, then you probably don't have the budget to procure it.

That means that all law enforcement is having to learn what small agencies have known for some time. You can do a lot for less, if you put your mind to it.

Data Networks

The most recent Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) study indicated that 66% of U.S. law enforcement agencies did not use computers in their vehicles. That figure has probably changed in the ensuing years, though not drastically. The reason that more agencies aren't using computers likely has less to do with the cost of the computers than with the cost of the data networks they access.

Data networks are expensive. But there are ways to get around that expense. Many homes and businesses have their own wireless or Wi-Fi networks set up for themselves and/or their customers' use. If you’re close enough to be in range of the signal, you have access to the Internet and all it offers. These businesses and residents may give you the access codes to their networks for the asking, especially if it means that law enforcement vehicles will be coming around more often. You won't be able to run license plates or operate a mobile computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, but you can create and file reports, access protected databases of your own, and send and receive e-mail.

Most cell phone carriers offer one or more phones with "tethering" capabilities. A tethered cell phone can allow a notebook computer to connect to the Internet wirelessly over the cellular network. As long as the user is within the coverage area, he or she has access to everything possible on a conventional connection. There is usually an additional per-phone charge for tethering capabilities, and there may be charges for data sent and received.

Smartphones and Tablets

The latest smartphones and tablets might even eliminate your need for a data network or even a laptop computer. These devices have enough memory storage to handle large databases, they can produce photos and video good enough for an HD display, and they can operate some systems remotely. They also download, display, and create e-mail and have fully functioning Web browsers. Internal GPS receivers stamp location information on every photo and video, and allow for moving map navigation applications that cost less than $2.

Using FaceTime on an iPhone, an officer at a crime scene could show a detective on the other end of the call what evidence is present and get advice on preserving or collecting it. In the field, he could send the image of a suspect to the station for identification by a witness. If the caller at the other end of the conversation didn't have an iPhone or one of them wasn't connected to a Wi-Fi network (FaceTime won’t work on the regular cell phone network), the officer could take a photo or video and e-mail it from the smartphone, delaying the process by only a minute or so.

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