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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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Pryme and Zello Collaborate to Bring User-Friendly PTT Communications Over Smartphones to Law Enforcement

April 24, 2017  | 

Pryme Radio Products is now working with Zello, a cellular data walkie-talkie app developer, to transform the way that public safety professionals communicate. The Zello app can run on any smartphone over WiFi or over 4G networks to provide secure push-to-talk (PTT) communications.

Dave George, Pryme's founder and president, says the company has been building its relationship with Zello since 2014. He believes PTT communications over smart devices will soon be commonly in use in law enforcement, as the line between land-mobile radio and cellular communications continues to blur. "We are seeing many law enforcement agencies using PTT over smartphones," George says.

The advantages of using PTT apps such as Zello over smart devices are many, according to George. Not only can users communicate securely from literally anywhere with an LTE cellular signal, including from space. They can review the content of the message after its been sent. "On Zello you can hear the messages live and replay them," George says.

Communications professionals have long believed that cellular and radio communications would be combined in single hybrid devices used by first responders. Currently, however, PTT over cellular (POC) apps that run on smartphones are the most visible evidence of this trend.

Pryme forged its relationship with Zello so that Zello users can operate the app in much the same way as they would a PTT radio over a Pryme accessory. "Using Zello and a very radio-like product that Pryme makes, you can communicate over POC without removing your phone from your pocket," George says.

So far law enforcement has been slow to adopt PTT over cellular primarily because officers don't have agency-issued smart devices, but George says he's seeing more agencies acquire smartphones for their officers. He believes agencies will be more likely to use apps like Zello if they can access them using familiar technology such as their radio mics. "The closer you can make the new stuff look like the old stuff, the faster they will be comfortable with it," he adds.

George says the company's PTT accessory will work on smartphones running Zello and on a wide variety of radio systems and the same mic can be used for both. "We can make a version of your portable radio mic for your smart devices with all the same attributes as your radio mic," he says.

At last month's International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), Pryme and Zello announced that they are collaborating to make PTT-over-cellular communications easier on Android smartphones. "Pryme and Zello have been working together for a while on this technology, which allows for a button that you don't need to charge," says Zello's Nayeli Cortina. Both Pryme and Zello believe this breakthrough will make PTT over cellular more attractive for law enforcement agencies because many law enforcement agencies prefer Android smart devices.

Cortina says one of the advantages of the Zello app over some other PTT-over-cellular solutions used on smart devices is that it runs in the background and remains on until the user closes the app. That means the user doesn't have to turn on the app each time it's needed and messages will not be missed. "As long as Zello is on, you will be receiving the messages live," she says.

Not only can Zello be used anywhere there is 4G or WiFi service, it's much more secure than radio. Zello messages are secured by advanced encryption, says Cortina. "You can't listen in on Zello conversations," she adds.--David Griffith

 


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