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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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Nationwide Multi-Band Radio Tests Completed by DHS

October 26, 2011  | 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is completing tests that would pave the way for first responders to use multi-band radios to communicate on various frequencies, the agency has announced.

The latest version of the multi-band radio has undergone four pilot tests to ultimately transition emergency responders to its use, according to the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), a coalition of groups that manage research within DHS.

The multi-band radio enables police officers, firefighters, and other emergency response and management personnel to use a single mobile radio to communicate with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands. The multi-band radio can replace as many as five different radios at a cost comparable to one of the existing high-end portable radios.

"The final pilot in Chicago provides the opportunity to integrate all we have learned in previous tests and provide the updated multi-band radio to Chicago's finest for testing," said Tom Chirhart, program manager for S&T's multi-band radio program. "Pilot programs allow DHS to work closely with local responders to ensure the technologies align with their unique needs."

Previous pilots were conducted in Phoenix, New Orleans and the Miami-Dade area. Feedback and suggestions from users in the emergency management, first responder and critical infrastructure communities have been incorporated into radio specifications. 

The initiative has sparked industry development of multi-band radio technology, which is now commercially available and being developed and marketed by three manufacturers. Other OEMs have committed to building multi-band devices, according to DHS.

"DHS is working to ensure that the best radio equipment is available to emergency responders at all levels," said Chirhart. "Having multi-band radios with various options and capabilities available to agencies will not only improve selection, but will increase competition and drive prices down over time."

The tests were conducted in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff, FEMA, MABAS (Illinois Fire Mutual Aid), and other agencies. The final pilot featured the Harris Corp.'s Unity XG-100P multi-band radio.


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