WHO ARE THE END USERS OF THE NETWORK?
Identifying the end users and their needs is the rst step in understanding system design requirements. Firstresponders such as police, re and EMS are the primary target of these public safety broadband networksand have perhaps the greatest need for the new services that will be enabled by mobile broadband. Firstresponders in the eld and their commanders will benet with anywhere, anytime access to information,delivering the information they need to make better decisions.Additional “users” could also be unmanned devices – such as parking meters, trafc sensors, video securitysystems or speed enforcement detectors. These machine-to-machine devices serve as force multipliers andfree up invaluable rst responder human resources.But other potential users of the network exist as well. Many agencies would like to share the networkresources and extend service to other government departments such as administration and public service.The productivity improvement in these areas could offset some of the costs of the network making thesystems more affordable.
HOW WILL MY PUBLIC SAFETY ORGANIZATION USETHE MOBILE BROADBAND NETWORK?
From sharing video transmissions with the command center to accessing mug shots of potential suspectsand supporting license plate recognition systems, the possible applications for public safety broadbandnetworks are almost endless.But it is important to remember that differentapplications put different demands on the network.Some applications are very bandwidth intensive,while others are short bursts benetting from thevery low latency that LTE introduces to public safetyapplications. For instance, email attachments andcontent-rich database queries tend to place highbandwidth demands on the network while otherapplications, such as location or voice, require verylow delay. Real-time video, requiring both highbandwidth and short delay, is perhaps the mostdemanding application on a network.That means that municipalities that want to give their rst responders access to real-time video as theyare headed toward a crime scene will need to build much more robust 4G networks than those that wantto support applications that are less taxing on the network, such as license plate recognition systems.Understanding what applications will be used and how they will be used is critical to designing a systemthat can effectively support the required trafc demands.
- Prepare for the Mobile Broadband Evolution
“The number of base stations and sites you need in an LTE network depends heavily on whatkind of data speeds and coverage is required. It is possible for an organization to start out witha network that serves its basic data needs and grow it from there,” says Dan Naylor, productmanager for broadband solutions at Motorola. “The better that public safety organizationsunderstand their own priorities and where they can get the greatest payback, the better theycan build the network that best meets their needs within their budget constraints.”