Last Updated: 02/22/2012*
Good news often comes in pairs, they say, but in the public safety network arena, February's news lineup held a rare surprise: a trio of great, interlinked stories on the "power of the network”:
- Crowning a decade of work, Congress passed legislation allocating spectrum for the U.S.'s first nationwide mobile broadband public safety network.
- Keynoting at the IWCE trade show in Las Vegas, Mike Prout, Vice President of STS, laid out Raytheon's vision of this exciting future, where cutting edge LTE technologies will unleash powerful broadband capabilities, while proven LMR technologies will continue to fill important roles.
- Raytheon premiered what this future network will look like with the launch of Rapid Alliance™, an interoperable solution that takes a collaborative, open architecture approach to mission-critical communications spanning both LMR and LTE.
Headlining a session on the evolution to LTE in broadband public safety networks, Prout told IWCE that to succeed, the coming national network must be built with input from the first responder community, and start with the right model: standards-based, open architecture and fully interoperable. The day of proprietary networks has long passed. Today, first responders look to successful models such as Raytheon's trendsetting LTE deployment in Adams County, Colorado.
"The obvious data benefits of LTE have made many people eager to push forward -- and we should do so," Prout said. "As long as we work to the 'specs' set down by the customer, I believe we will unleash the full power of the network and a new generation of mission-critical communications 'apps' not yet dreamed of."
DATELINE: LAS VEGAS, FEB 22, 2012
Less than a week after Congressional approval of the U.S.'s first nationwide mobile broadband public safety network, Raytheon's Mike Prout today stunned crowds @ the IWCE 2012 trade show with a surprise announcement about the evolution from LMR to LTE in public safety.
There will be no "flash cut" to LTE. While LTE is destined to unleash the "power of the network," it will co-exist with proven push-to-talk "old faithful" LMR in a layered architecture that flexes to serve widely varying first responder needs.
But -- one victim of Time sure to be consigned to evolution's tar pits: proprietary business and tech models. Click here to read the entire speech.
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