Robert LeGrande, Founder of The Digital Decision

Robert LeGrande, Founder of The Digital Decision

Robert LeGrande, Founder of The Digital Decision is speaking on the subject of “Business model options and developments” in the Public Safety track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the important issues surround LTE for public safety.

What are the key benefits you feel LTE brings to public safety networks?

LTE provides public safety with the ability to deploy new life saving technologies and is a springboard for innovation that can speed response and recovery.

Are there still limitations with LTE technology that will need to be overcome in terms of providing mission-critical voice and data?

“Talk Around” is a major limitation that is critically needed in cases where the network may be down.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

What do you feel is the optimal governance structure for public safety network rollout? Is local, regional, state or national level best?

My optimal governance structure involves all layers of Government. At any point in a response to an incident, the communications priority can shift to a local, regional, state, or federal priority and our next generation communications system needs to have the ability to seamlessly, easily, and efficiently shift to support this dynamic environment. Further, should they have the budget and the desire. I feel that States and local government should be permitted to invest in the deployment of the nationwide network. They have much to offer the process including infrastructure, personnel, network operation facilities and of course users.

Are public-private partnerships going to be critical to public safety network success?

Public-Private partnerships can help us deploy more of the nationwide network than we have budget for. However, we must not over-commercialise the excess spectrum, and thereby impact our nation’s public safety response efforts.

What are your predictions for LTE-based critical communications network rollouts over the next few years?

I’m not in position to make predictions; but I will offer these three thoughts.

  1. If we are able to leverage commercial partners we must do so without over-commercialising the network.
  2. We must carefully introduce new broadband technologies into our public safety operations.
  3. When the nationwide network is deployed; we must ensure our key measurement of success, “State and Local Adoption”, is achieved.
 The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

Comments on: "Interview: Founder of The Digital Decision: “LTE provides public safety with the ability to deploy new life saving technologies.”" (1)

  1. “Are public-private partnerships going to be critical to public safety network success?”

    The P3 modeling will indeed have an impact on Public Safety. Public Safety will be able to get it’s priority access it requires while at the same time allowing a State, and FirstNet, to capitalize on its hardened infrastructure and service modeling, much like a commercial carrier. As the commercial carriers move away from the commoditization of broadband access and more towards services and content, the P3 allows the Public Safety Broadband Infrastructure to fill the void. Essentially the PSBN, or FirstNet, has the opportunity to become the “fifth-utility”. Much of the discussion we hear with the FCC on Net Neutrality and broadband access for Americans can be solved with this solution, but this solution will only be possible with a Public Private Partnership. Having spent 10+ years developing the P3 concept for telecommunications — called The Myers Model(R) — I can state that the P3 model will be critical to the success of the PSBN. Where else will we get enough funding to deliver the entire solution as well as its long term O&M — without hitting the taxpayers?

    Dr Michael Myers

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