Michael Britt, Project Manager, Contractor, Public Safety Interoperable Communications Office, ADOA, is speaking on the subject of State Perspectives on Rural Partnership Models on Day Two of the The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out his perspective on what the benefits and challenges are of using LTE for a public safety network.
What are the key benefits you feel LTE brings to public safety networks?
It brings real-time situational awareness for all members of a unit, with live streaming video from each at their respective positions. Beyond the on-scene, mission critical incident management flash and glitter type of impact, there will be a huge improvement in managing the mundane, but essential, such as time-entry, shift management, reporting and tracking on standards, training and certificates etc.
Are there still limitations with LTE technology that will need to be overcome in terms of providing mission-critical voice and data?
Yes, the reliability of cellular traffic is not up to the standard required for mission critical voice and data. LTE will have to be considered as a powerful adjunct but not the sole means of communication for quite some time.
What do you feel is the optimal governance structure for public safety network rollout? Is local, regional, state or national level best?
All of the above. National governance is important in order to gain consistent standards regardless of location or assignment and to leverage economies of scale for support, maintenance and repair along with bulk purchasing.
State level structures are needed to prioritise future build-outs in response to increased population or added critical infrastructure over time, while regional governance is important to establish or adjust MOUs and IGAs in support of neighbouring jurisdictions, and to tweak the adjustable components of the LTE technology (Priority, QoS, etc.) where the situational requirements are understood and the down-side ramifications are also recognised.
Are public-private partnerships going to be critical to public safety network success?
Yes, sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships will be required due to the lack of necessary funding for the coverage required by public safety.
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