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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

Speakers:

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 

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Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Oklahoma Emergency Responders Receive Equipment Donation from BAE Systems

December 08, 2008  | 

BAE Systems, Inc., has donated, installed, and provided training for 10 First InterComm interoperable communication units worth a total value of $65,000 to emergency responders in Grady County, Okla.

"Effective communications is extremely important in emergency operations. The donation of this communication equipment will enable disparate radio systems to communicate at emergency scenes. Lack of communications between emergency first responders was addressed as early as 1935, and as emergency incidents have become infinitely more complex, technology to address this problem has not been available until recently." according to State Representative Joe Dorman.

Representative Dorman spearheaded the donation through a combined effort between BAE Systems and the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

"My main goal is to have adequate communications between emergency first responders at the incident scene. Lack of adequate communications is a nation-wide problem." said Robert Doke, Oklahoma State Fire Marshal. "Grady County first responders will now be able to communicate with each other during any fire, car accident or large-scale disaster, expediting response times and eliminating any communication gaps."

Most importantly, emergency responder safety is at risk during all incidents. Delayed or ineffective interoperable communications can result in costly errors that affect life safety. The installed First InterComm system VCA100 units provide Grady County with immediate full-county interoperability using their existing radios. "The donation introduced a viable interoperability solution that benefits Grady County, thus fulfilling First InterComm solution's ultimate goal to help save lives," said Mike Greene, Director of Homeland Security Solutions for BAE Systems.

The equipment is installed in vehicles of the following agencies.

1. Chickasha Fire Department
2. Grady County Emergency Management Director
3. Grady County Emergency Operations Center Mobile Command Unit
4. Grady County Fire Chief
5. Grady County District Fire Chief - north
6. Grady County District Fire Chief - central
7. Grady County District Fire Chief - south
8. Rush Springs Fire Department
9. Rush Springs Emergency Medical Service
10. Verden Fire Department

This project ensures that incident-level interoperability is automatically established at the scene of an emergency, while also providing the capability for enhanced situational awareness. Grady County is now equipped with the technological capability for effective communications and efficient incident command that is needed to improve daily operations, prevent injury, and save lives.

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