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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


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 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Fire Cam Debuts Oncall Live Video System for Police Officers and Firefighters

September 05, 2014  | 

Photo of Oncall wearable camera: Fire Cam
Photo of Oncall wearable camera: Fire Cam

Building on its reputation for rugged and lightweight helmet cameras, Fire Cam has announced a new product for police officers and other first responders – the Oncall Live Video System. The system lets users stream live video, audio, and GPS location data to a command post or dispatcher, enabling real-time situational awareness.

"Developing superior industry-specific technology is only part of the Fire Cam mission," explained Founder Rob Schield. "Customer service is equally important. We focus on understanding the evolving needs of today's emergency responders and creating one-to-one relationships with police and fire departments around the world. Recently, demand for a reliable, wearable police camera has been growing, and we're glad to answer that demand."

At one end of the Oncall system is the Police WiFi Pro camera, which attaches to any shirt, vest, or coat. Capable of recording in high-definition 1080p, the camera sees everything with its 150-degree wide angle lens. The camera features both a powerful LED light and an infrared light for optimal nighttime stealth.

According to Schield, customers should steer clear of helmet camera knockoffs: "Other camera manufacturers produce substandard equipment that has not passed any meaningful tests. Our cameras, on the other hand, are NFPA compliant and are designed for daily wear and tear."

Oncall's live video streaming is made possible by a dedicated server; each police and fire department adopting the system will have secure access to their own accounts. Fire Cam has pushed the technology to its limits with Oncall, combining reliable and high video quality with near real-time streaming, according to the company. Dispatchers can take high-resolution snapshots within the video stream and instantly know the location of all officers thanks to GPS data. Plus, streams are automatically recorded for post-event analysis and training.

In 2006, Schield had the innovative idea of filming a house fire with a small, helmet-attached camera. The rest is history: the video quickly went viral, and Schield started his own business called The Fire Helmet Cam. That business evolved into Fire Cam, which today is the manufacturer of high-definition cameras designed solely for emergency services personnel.

With the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., still on everyone's mind, the advantages of having a service like Oncall Live Video System on one's side is obvious, says a company statement. Wearable cameras can make police officers more effective, more accountable, and most importantly safer as they walk the thin blue line.

About Fire Cam

Fire Cam is a firefighter-owned and operated business. The company's fire helmet cameras are specifically designed and NFPA compliant. They have been heat tested between 500 degrees Fahrenheit and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can be a valuable tool for training, incidents, critique, and fire investigations.

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