Motorola Solutions recently showcased the future of public safety communications through a live demonstration of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks at its purpose-built site in Western Australia.
The company stressed the importance of public safety LTE as it aims to help agencies achieve better community safety outcomes by collecting the information that flows between citizens, responders and agencies and securely distributing it across mission-critical devices and easy-to-manage networks.
Until November, key stakeholders from public safety agencies, government, business and consultants will participate in the Interactive Public Safety LTE demonstration, experiencing how agencies can achieve new standards of intelligence and community safety.
They will trial next-generation devices designed for public safety users leveraging LTE technology, experiencing the difference that video in the field and next-generation communications can make. According to Motorola Solutions, the demonstration represents a significant first step in Australia’s public safety LTE journey.
Motorola Solutions A/NZ managing director, Gary Starr, said that during times of crisis and disaster, commercial networks become flooded with consumer data and are placed under considerable strain.
“We’ve seen this before in crises like Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires, the Brisbane floods and the Christchurch earthquakes. A dedicated, private network eliminates the performance risk of combining data from the general public with public safety users,” he said.
He added that in addition to public safety, mobile broadband LTE will play a potentially critical role in other sectors including minerals and energy, bringing the advantages of operational efficiency, enhanced collaboration, and many other benefits.