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Prepare for the Mobile Broadband Evolution eZine Insights

Prepare for the Mobile Broadband Evolution eZine Insights

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Published by Motorola Solutions
Public safety communications are transforming. Next generation 4G wireless broadband
systems will enable access to media-rich information from anywhere at anytime, thus delivering more real-time
access to information, better collaboration and enhanced situational awareness.
Public safety organizations should start preparing themselves to ensure their specific needs
will be met before they begin deploying a next generation network. Motorola is ready to help.
Public safety communications are transforming. Next generation 4G wireless broadband
systems will enable access to media-rich information from anywhere at anytime, thus delivering more real-time
access to information, better collaboration and enhanced situational awareness.
Public safety organizations should start preparing themselves to ensure their specific needs
will be met before they begin deploying a next generation network. Motorola is ready to help.

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IS YOUR PUBLIC SAFETY ORGANIZATION READYFOR THE 4G TRANSFORMATION?
We’re about to see a transformation in public safety communications. Next generation 4G wireless broadbandsystems will enable access to media-rich information from anywhere at anytime, thus delivering more real-timeaccess to information, better collaboration and enhanced situational awareness.Public safety organizations can start preparing themselves by asking ve questions to ensure their specic needswill be met before they begin deploying a next generation network.
PREPARE FOR THEMOBILE BROADBANDEVOLUTION
 
 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 benet 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, trafc 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 benetting 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 trafc demands.
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“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.”
 
 WHICH 4G DEVICES ARE RIGHT FORMY ORGANIZATION?
Public safety organizations have unique device requirements which are different from enterprise and thegeneral public. Leveraging a global standard such as LTE will result in an ecosystem of device manufacturerswho can build a variety of rugged and application specic devices, built specically for public safetyorganizations.Device choice will signicantly impact network design. A low-powered portable device used primarilyat pedestrian speeds has very different characteristics and network requirements than a high-poweredvehicular modem traveling at 80 mph.Public safety organizations should examine how and where the devices will be used – on the hip, in-buildingor at vehicle speeds. As public safety organizations make choices about which 4G devices they want to carry,it is critical to consider how those devices will be integrated into the workow and procedural processesof the agency. The devices they select should be aligned to the agencies existing processes, enhancing andoptimizing the workow to get it done faster with more accuracy.
 WHAT LEVEL OF SERVICE DOES MY ORGANIZATIONNEED TO SUPPORT?
The applications and devices that rst respondersuse can also impact the minimum acceptableservice level that the mobile broadband networkmust support. High bandwidth intensiveapplications such as live streaming video requirea better signal. In-building coverage or highbandwidth at the cell edge will likely require moreaggressive system design with more sites.In addition, service levels may need to dynamicallychange throughout the day. An ofcer ling a reportmay not need priority access, but that same ofcerlater dispatched to a hostage incident may needhigh priority access to download criminal records.The ability to dynamically adjust prioritization byuser, application, incident or agency allows publicsafety organizations improved assurance that themost critical needs of the moment are served.
HOW WILL THE 4G NETWORK CO-EXIST WITH OTHER NETWORKS?
Most public safety agencies have already invested in a narrowband mission critical communication systemand want to get the most out of that investment. The good news is that deploying a LTE network does notrequire the removal of existing wireless voice or data networks.LTE networks can overlay and interoperate with narrowband data networks and other wireless broadbandnetworks such as WLAN to balance coverage and capacity requirements throughout the desired service area.
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