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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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Cassidian Launches Communications Portal for Public Safety

July 22, 2011  | 

Cassidian Communications has announced the deployment of its Self-Registration Portal (SRP) by numerous U.S. public safety operations utilizing The Communicator! NXT, GeoCast Web and REVERSE 911 notification solutions.

Use of the web-based SRP enables clients to gather contact information such as cell, VoIP and unpublished numbers from local residents, expanding the reach and effectiveness of these critical notification systems beyond existing 9-1-1 databases, which currently contain only landlines.

"Increasing numbers of people are relying on mobile phones, e-mail and SMS for communications," said Mike Adams, product line manager of the Notification Solutions and Services (NSS) division of Cassidian Communications. "The same holds true for emergency notification, and so we, as the established leader, must accommodate the needs of both our industry and our individual clients through tools like the SRP."

Among the many Cassidian Communications clients who have implemented the SRP are Maricopa County (Ariz.), San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office (Calif.), Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department (Calif.), Layton City Police Department (Utah), Corpus Christi Fire/EMS (Texas) and Vienna Police Department (Va.).

The SRP is a web-based tool that allows local residents to proactively sign up to receive alerts issued by law enforcement, fire/EMS and emergency management. Once implemented, the SRP's web address or hyperlink can be displayed on an operation's website, quickly routing visitors to the portal. Here, people can complete a short form to supply their contact information and set personal preferences for situational notification (e.g., inclement weather, missing persons and crime).

"With the SRP supplementing our REVERSE 911 system, we are able to give our residents the ability to add and manage their information more effectively," said Joe Ayala, Dispatch Programs Administrator, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. "This frees our dispatchers from having to enter and correct registration requests manually, allowing them to work on other priorities."

"We are currently using television public service announcements to drive people to sign up on the Self-Registration Portal to make sure we are serving all our cell phone-equipped population," said Rob Bryn, public information officer with the San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office.

The SRP features a fully customizable interface, allowing Cassidian Communications clients to match the look and feel of their own Web sites. Administrators can set security parameters and user-defined fields, as well a receive comprehensive reporting of portal activity.

"The SRP product has helped us leverage our reverse contact infrastructure to allow all town departments better access to Vienna residents who wish to receive updates about services the town provides, or other informational notices of interest to them," said Charles Ghent, IT Administrator, Vienna Police Department. "It also allows us to maintain a secure contact list for residents with unlisted phones, cell phones or other VoIP-type technology to provide geographically based emergency public safety and public service alerts."

Several other Cassidian Communications clients, including Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness (La.), are working to deploy the SRP in the near future.  

"By implementing the SRP, organizations can expand their communications reach to include a much wider audience," said Adams. "Just as important, they can do so without increasing resources and expense, making it beneficial to both our clients and the people who ultimately will be notified."

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