|Trial using FirstNet 700 MHz spectrum provided real-time video, vehicle tracking, WiFi and other data communications tools allowing first responders to share critical information during emergencies
Las Vegas/Paris, November 25, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, along with the Nevada Department of Transportation and other first responders, conducted a six-month trial of a 4G LTE public safety network in a designated section of the city of Las Vegas in the United States. The trial used spectrum allocated to the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent authority set up by the United States government to facilitate the building of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.
FirstNet is permitting trials with its dedicated 700 MHz spectrum on a limited basis to gain valuable and necessary input for the planning of the nationwide network rollout. By using real-time video, vehicle tracking, WiFi, multiple devices and other data access and communications tools, organizations can quickly and securely obtain and share detailed information in day-to-day emergency situations. This will provide an integrated approach and improve the services that these organizations deliver to their communities.
Michael Barnbeck, Director, Radio Systems Bureau, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said: “This trial demonstrated how an IP-based 4G LTE network can leverage resources and use officers more efficiently through the use of an interoperable, high-speed mobile broadband network. Three separate critical first responder agencies have the ability to access their own data and provide real-time sharing between dispatch and first responders at an incident. The trial also highlighted how information sharing in a secure, controlled manner between multiple first responder agencies to more effectively respond to a specific incident is enabled with this LTE network and can involve additional support from private sector entities on an ad hoc basis, such as accessing private video cameras in real time to monitor an incident.”
Fred Scalera, Director, Public Safety Strategies of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “For more than ten years Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs have been promoting the use of open standards-compliant commercial broadband technology to build a nationwide interoperable public safety network. Our work with the departments in Las Vegas is another step closer to our country having that network. Also, with our Public Safety LTE solution at the center of the trial we are delivering ultra broadband and advanced IP networking functionality with flexibility and speed, which is a key element of our recently announced ‘Shift Plan’ strategy.”
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Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.
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