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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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California Agency Upgrades Communications System, Adds IPT Batteries

February 11, 2016  | 

Cris Martinez chose to make IPT two-way batteries part of the Murrietta PD's communications upgrade.
Cris Martinez chose to make IPT two-way batteries part of the Murrietta PD's communications upgrade.

Southern California agencies have had ongoing issues when transmitting critical information to dispatchers due to antiquated systems, poor reception, and even dead radio batteries.

With its population increasing more than 69%, Chief Sean Hadden of the Murrieta (CA) Police Department tasked Capt. Dennis Vrooman and Cris Martinez, Training and Radio Systems Administrator, with improving communications. Ultimately they chose the County of Riverside's new Public Safety Enterprise Communications (PSEC) digital system. Because Murrieta borders other areas handled by Riverside County Sheriff's, now seamless interoperability between agencies was possible.

Next, Murrieta PD assessed its two-way radios. Their original Motorola backbone was reliable, but they needed a quad band radio platform. Martinez selected Harris Unity XG100 full spectrum radios.

These upgrades were paramount to protecting personnel. However, although the agency was happy overall with the Harris radios, they wanted the batteries to last longer.

"I found Impact Power Technologies (IPT) and tested their batteries, along with a few other companies'," said Martinez. "We quickly determined that IPT's batteries lasted about a day-and-a-half longer than the Harris batteries."

Martinez recommended Murrieta convert to IPT, contingent on three things: The batteries must cost the same or less than the OEMs, include a city logo label, and deliver in bulk for immediate deployment. IPT easily accommodated all three.

Martinez stated, "The customer service was outstanding. And the savings from IPT as compared to other vendors allowed us to buy double the batteries and 50% more chargers. We definitely got more for our money…and more performance, too."

Murrieta officers no longer needed to swap out batteries until the end of their second day's shift. As a result, Martinez referred IPT to other nearby agencies including the Indio and Hemet Police Departments, and the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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 runtime, 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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