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GCN : May 2013
GCN MAY 2013 • GCN.COM 27 Maryland FIRST will be able to use an existing network of 174 radio tow- ers built across the state in the last de- cade as the core of the new system. The towers act as repeaters for mobile and handheld radios and are linked by mi- crowave and fiber optic cable for back- haul. Maryland has been installing a lot of cable, and an effort is being made to provide redundant links to each tower, Lehr said. "Because it's a public safety system we try to have two routes to each tower. To my way of thinking, that's the most se- cure way," he said The Maryland project is offering only voice at this time, and Lehr says it will be complementary with the FirstNet ef- fort. Despite the usefulness of sharing video and data, voice communication still is the overriding need for police and other first responders because it offers the one-to-many links needed for keep- ing everyone informed in an emergency. "That technology for that doesn't exist on the cellular side," which many agen- cies used for data communications, "but it does exist on the radio side," Lehr said. THE CALL OF BROADBAND This will change as the technology evolves, he said. "Eventually there will be a single hand-held device" that will enable first responders to communicate with each other using voice, video and data over a dedicated network with the reliability and functionality they need. "That has to be a broadband network." FirstNet's job is to provide the back- bone for that network. The convergence of functionality into a single device is five years or more in the future, Lehr said. While that capability is developing, FirstNet will be building out its network with a technology that still is evolving. "LTE is a new technology, and we still have to understand who has what capa- bilities," Swenson said. But she does not see the task of engineering the new net- work with a moving target as daunting. As a COO at a number of companies during her career, including T-Mobile USA, Swenson said she has been in- volved with the design and build-out of a number of wireless networks and says that keeping up with an evolving tech- nology is not a big problem. "I'm less concerned about the tech- nology challenge," she said. "There's always a solution. Our challenge right now is engaging with all of the organiza- tions on an individual basis and figuring out how to make it all work together." • FISCAL UNCERTAINTY BLUNTS GROWTH IN RUGGED MOBILE PUSH POINTS THE WAY TO RUGGED FUTURE COTS IS CHANGING APPROACH TO RUGGED SOLUTIONS IS SOLID STATE THE FUTURE OF RUGGED STORAGE? RUGGED S VALUE PROPOSITION LAGS USER NEEDS topics TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: WWW.GCN.COM/2013RUGGEDIT ONLINE REPORT SPONSORED BY: