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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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Miami Beach PD Uses IPT Radio Batteries to Prevent Communication Failures

October 30, 2015  | 

The Miami Beach (FL) Police Department depends almost entirely on two-way handheld radios for its communications. However, the OEM batteries that powered their radios couldn't hold a charge longer than 8 hours, even when new. And as they aged, the batteries would hold a charge for less time and die completely, leaving officers without communications until they could get to a back-up battery. So the agency turned to Impact Power Technologies.

Miami Beach PD Tech Lt. David Hernandez knew they needed a battery that would last longer than a typical 12-hour shift and was determined to find one.

"It started with a trade show brochure from Impact Power Technologies (IPT), whose claims sounded too good to be true," said Lt. Hernandez. "But when the complimentary battery that IPT supplied tested out at 12 to 18 hours of run time every time, it was a game changer."

Thereafter, Miami Beach PD drafted a highly specific ITQ that required every vendor to provide two batteries and one charger for evaluation. The batteries were disseminated to different areas of the Department including car, motorcycle, K-9, ATV, Marine Patrol, and SWAT, where they were tested in the field for length of transmitting time and stand-by mode, as well as recharge duration. Meanwhile, their radio systems tech ran each battery through a series of tests for fit and function (both in the radio and on the officer), connection contact, durability, heat resistance, UL rating, charger agnostics, and fit in duty belt holsters, virtually tearing the batteries to pieces in the process.

At every stage of evaluation, IPT was the clear and uncontested leader, according to IPT. Plus, an unexpected advantage emerged in that the IPT battery was considerably lighter than all others, which would help reduce lower back issues some officers experience when carrying lots of equipment on their duty belts. Additionally, the IPT batteries safely charge on OEM or tri-chemistry chargers just in case personnel mix them up.

Hernandez said, "IPT's battery performance was like night and day over the OEM or any other battery we tested. It was easy to justify spending a few more dollars to replace the OEM with IPT, especially when we're getting between double and triple the lifespan in return value."

Armed with these results, the Miami Beach PD was able to make an initial purchase of approximately 100 IPT batteries. That was a little over two years ago and the IPT batteries are still running strong. Since then, Miami Beach PD has continued to deploy new IPT batteries in phases as part of their annual replacement budget. With the next purchase by the end of October, they will be almost fully equipped.

"We just tested the newest IPT battery for the Motorola XTS 3000/5000 radios that has 4700 milliamps and it's lasting quite a bit longer…over 30 hours on a charge," stated Hernandez. "I didn't think we could afford the upgrade, but IPT promised to hold the same price as their previous battery."

Ken Murphy, COO of IPT said, "IPT continually works to better our products, which means safer personnel and communities. We don't believe in up-charging our customers for increased capacity so, though it may cost us a bit more, it won't cost them more."

About Impact Power Technologies

Headquartered in Braintree, MA, Impact Power Technologies (IPT) LLC designs and manufactures portable power products for land mobile communications, bar code scanners, UPS systems, and portable printers. IPT's mission is to provide the highest quality control and customer support in the industry. IPT's proprietary Lithium Polymer and Lithium Ion chemistries, combined with their exclusive Battery Management System (BMS), guarantee the maximum run time, recharges, and lifespan. IPT's engineers can custom-design battery solutions for almost any need. IPT's Technology Center in Stuart, FL, works with ISO-9001, QS-9000 certified production partners in the United States, Asia, and Taiwan. www.impactpowertech.com

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