LTE-boosted aid for emergency services from Nokia Networks
By Digital News Asia October 6, 2015
- LTE enables a whole new level of efficiency for public safety, it says
- Has been working with govt agencies to understand their requirements
NOKIA Networks said it has enhanced its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile broadband portfolio with selected partner products to give first responders and other public safety personnel access to multimedia tools and applications.
LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency, for the fastest connectivity, the company said in a statement.
Public safety operators will benefit from a lower cost of implementation and spectral efficiency in their networks. In addition, Nokia Networks provides rapid end-to-end integration of the full solution, the company said.
LTE mobile broadband enables a whole new level of efficiency for public safety, offering real-time communications; high-quality video streaming to provide remote team members a direct view to emergency situations; robotics; remote data access and diagnostics; and services based on location data.
Standardised technologies and a single platform approach are also central to the development of smart cities, for which public safety is one of the first and most important criteria.
Making use of millions of sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT), objects will further enhance the safety of first responders and citizens, Nokia Networks said in its statement.
An additional advantage is a wide choice of LTE devices that are cost-effective compared with dedicated public mobile radio systems such as TETRA and P25, it argued.
“Tomorrow’s smart cities will be built on standardised technologies with economies of scale, such as LTE for public safety,” said Thorsten Robrecht, vice president of Partner Business at Nokia Networks.
“Already today, LTE mobile broadband connectivity with innovative real-time applications helps public safety authorities offer a completely new level of service to citizens.
“Building on our strong heritage of working with governmental agencies, we are now offering the most comprehensive LTE public safety portfolio to our customers jointly with our selected partners,” he added.
Nokia Networks said it has been working with various government agencies to understand their requirements for a reliable public safety system.
As a result, in the United States, the company has participated in a number of early public safety deployments and pilots.
In addition, it has signed contracts with government public safety agencies in the Middle East to provide its end-to-end public safety solution.
The public safety LTE network is built on Nokia Networks’ radio access network, evolved packet core, VoLTE solution, IP Multimedia Subsystem, Core in a Box solution, subscriber data and device management, network management, Self-Organising Networks, and Nokia Liquid Applications technology.
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