Police in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla., used a first-of-its-kind LTE cellular network dedicated to law enforcement as part of security operations for the Republican National Convention in August.

The network was a demonstration project for the proposed National Public Safety Broadband Network, which would use the Long Term Evolution standard to provide interoperable voice, video, and data communications for first responders.

The Federal Communications Commission granted special temporary authority for the network, which was fielded by Cisco, Raytheon, Nokia Siemens Networks, Reality Mobile, and Amdocs.

Officers on the streets were able to use iPhones during the convention for encrypted voice and data and to stream video over a cellular network that was not available to the public.

Read the full Government Computer News story.

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