During mission critical moments, it is crucial for those working in public safety to maintain stable and continuous real-time communication.
Two of the main connectivity challenges public safety units face are wireless network congestions and cellular dead zones. In developed areas where many are connected to the network, congestions result in packet losses and disrupted communications.
On the other hand, first responders in remote areas have to worry about dead zones where there is no connectivity. Because of this, Peplink developed SpeedFusion, a technology that keeps first responders connected anytime, anywhere.
SpeedFusion takes multiple LTE links and combines them into a single connection that is ultra-fast, ultra-resilient, and has the greatest possible coverage.
Traditionally, 2-way radios were the main form of communications for first responders. With SpeedFusion, the 2-way radio line can be supplemented by LTE connections, adding more bandwidth to the network. This extra bandwidth gives first responders access to more crucial information at their fingertips such as video streams, operation manuals, and site information.
The Greenville Sheriff’s department worked with Joe Schmauch of Greenville Media, a helicopter pilot himself, to find a better way to broadcast the video into the field than the off-the-shelf microwave systems. Schmauch brought in Mark Robison of VITEC to improve the broadcast stream, video compression and error correction.
Serving over 4 million citizens in Texas, Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is the US’s third largest Sheriff’s Office. And they are the first to test the government’s Public Safety private LTE network. HCSO takes on the challenge of implementing this Public Safety LTE as a part of their high speed network overhaul on their mobile command units.
Oklahoma’s Stillwater Police Department recently rolled out a fleet of patrol vehicles equipped to connect to the city’s internal network via cellular. But the consumer-grade networking gear used in the initial deployment wasn’t up to the task: a few months in, scorching summer heat began breaking down the devices. Stillwater Police needed a tougher option – and fast. Peplink delivered a solution that not only stands up to extreme weather but also provides outstanding resilience and easy cloud-based device management.
August, 2015. Singapore held their largest ever National Day Parade to commemorate their 50th year of independence. The main display of the event – Singapore’s Mobile Column comprised of more than 150 military vehicles and covered a distance of 20 KM along the Greater Marina Bay area. This raised a multitude of security challenges and chief amongst which, was public safety. Road traffic, spectator safety, Mobile Column status, these were just a few of a long list of things that required real-time surveillance.
Munhall Bureau of Fire is a municipal volunteer fire department in the Pennsylvania state. They were switched from their local borough dispatch to the Allegheny county dispatch centre, which could provide them with extensive real time data, vital to first responders. Instead of using satellite for communication where line-of-sight is often necessary, Munhall chose to communicate over IP, specifically cellular and Wi-Fi where they envisioned being able to prioritize them according to lowest cost.
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