Long Term Evolution (LTE) for Public Safety | Strategic White Paper1
Public saety entities rely heavily on telecommunications networks to ensure the success o mission-critical operations. In North America, digital and analog Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks areused or mission-critical voice communications. These networks are oten shared across agencies,combining multiple disparate radio networks that are interconnected by a transport network. Thenetworks are dicult to manage and operate, because they oten link to a complex inrastructure basedon diverse technologies, vendors and domains. For most public saety emergency service personnel,telecommunications is not their core mission — which adds to the challenge o operating andmanaging these networks.Furthermore, LMR is a narrowband technology, which is good or voice and low bandwidth data services.But it simply cannot handle the advanced data applications that rontline ocers and rst respondersrequire. Wireless broadband is essential or delivering these applications, which may include videosurveillance, automated vehicle license plate recognition, biometric identication, mobile crimescene units, mobile incident command, geospatial inormation systems, medical telemetry andautomated vehicle location.To implement these broadband capabilities, public saety organizations in North America are considering4G LTE networks deployed as an overlay to existing LMR networks. This approach will supportbroadband data in the short term, and in the longer term, the networks can evolve to supportmission-critical voice.Because LTE is proposed or commercial 700 MHz spectrum deployments in North America, itsadoption or public saety deployments presents an unprecedented opportunity or mission-criticalcommunications to become interoperable across the United States. Public saety users and rstresponders will have access to critical communications services wherever they go, while leveragingcommon user equipment.To implement an LTE public saety network without disrupting existing day-to-day operations, publicsaety agencies must consider a number o key issues, including multivendor interoperability, networkreliability, scalability and interworking with existing LMR systems. A successul transormationinvolves the ollowing considerations:
The ollowing section describes operational business models that address these considerations.