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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 

Speakers:

Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Federal Bill Would Bring $70 Million for Public Safety Communications Gear

August 05, 2010  | 

Federal legislation introduced by a California congresswoman in late July would authorize $70 million in grants to provide first-responders devices capable of the highest-speed transmissions of data, voice, and video services over the Internet.

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 5907 on July 28 to provide interoperability for public safety officials and drive down the cost of the new equipment, according to her office. The bill needs to be approved by both houses of Congress before being signed by the President Obama.

If the bill passes, the development and creation of 4G broadband devices for the 700 MHz spectrum would be a major step forward for advocates of a public safety network. Police departments would be able to incorporate more cellular-based devices while retaining the ability to communicate with traditional radio-based devices.

Some of the devices will include handset devices or other mobile devices that may be used in a patrol car, a Harman spokeswoman told POLICE Magazine. However, first responders and the public safety stakeholder group will ultimately decide which devices are the most important to develop.

To meet the requirements for the grant, the devices would need to deliver real-time communication, reliable data transfer under adverse conditions, sufficient clarity of transmission, and full interoperability between different types and brands of devices.

The Next Generation Public Safety Device Act is currently endorsed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Emergency Numbers Association and various telecommunication carriers including Sprint, AT&T and the Rural Cellular Association.

Police radio equipment makers such as Motorola and Harris Corp. have yet to support the bill. Radio equipment sales in public safety are dominated by Motorola, which currently has an 80 percent market share in the market, according to a June 9 article in the Washington Post


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