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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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New Mexico State Police Deploy Columbitech Mobile VPN

May 23, 2012  | 

The New Mexico State Police have deployed a FIPS 140-2 certified Columbitech Mobile VPN (virtual private network) on laptops used in more than 500 police cars across the state, the company announced.

The Columbitech Mobile VPN improves officers' safety by providing secure, uninterrupted access to mission-critical applications such as vehicle registration and warrant databases as officers move in and out of coverage and connects via 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, and satellite. Two-factor authentication and 256-bit AES encryption protect against unauthorized access and eavesdropping.

"It is absolutely mission-critical that our officers can access information from their laptops at any time to  find out who they are dealing with before they approach somebody in a car," said Darrell Graham, IT systems manager of the New Mexico State Police. "Columbitech's mobile VPN ensures that officers always have access to information such as vehicle registrations, warrants and FBI databases so they can call for backup and avoid dangerous situations."

In a mountainous state with large areas with no cellular coverage, New Mexico troopers often rely on satellite links to communicate. Prior to implementation, laptops often lost the connection to the network, causing sessions to drop and applications to crash. Unlike the legacy VPN that didn't handle roaming well, Columbitech Mobile VPN creates a persistent network connection, and officers in the field can continue to work as usual even if the computer roams or temporarily loses the connection.

Columbitech's VPN solution is designed to handle high-latency satellite networks. It uses advanced data compression, providing up to 100 percent faster throughput with significant impact on performance and costs for satellite communication.

Additionally, the Columbitech VPN has the capability to filter data traffic. The state of New Mexico uses this feature to restrict which applications can be accessed over satellite and allows access only to officer-safety apps, which lowers the monthly satellite bill, acording to Columbitech.

"Columbitech's unique combination of FIPS 140-2 certification and mobility features, including session persistence and advanced data compression, makes our mobile VPN ideal for any public safety agency looking to provide mobile workers secure and persistent access – independent of network availability,” said Tobias Englund, president of Columbitech.

Columbitech Mobile VPN is a software-based VPN built on the TLS protocol. It includes a VPN client that's in­stalled on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. A VPN server runs on a Windows or Linux server with support for virtualization.

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