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Public Safety

Public Safety involves the prevention of and protection from events that could endanger the safety of the general public from significant danger, injury/harm, or damage, such as crimes or disasters (natural or man-made). Public Safety organizations are mandated by law to deliver a certain level of service to society, performing Mission Critical Operations in very dangerous situations. Public Safety is of vital importance to our society.

Public Safety networks require Mission Critical Information and communication solutions whose failure will result in the failure of business operations.

Mission Critical operations in Public Safety organizations address situations where human life, goods and other values for society are at risk, especially when time is a vital factor.

Mission Critical communication solutions therefore means secure, reliable and highly available communication that operates with zero risk of communication failures.

Delivering Public Safety Communications with LTE

Today, there are two separate technology families for providing wide-area wireless communications: commercial cellular networks and dedicated public safety systems. To provide the best service to both communities, there is now industry support for greater use of common technology. Work underway in Release 12 (and beyond) of 3GPP LTE standards will enhance LTE to meet public safety application requirements.

Public safety networks provide communications for services like police, fire and ambulance. Requirement has been to develop systems that are highly robust and can address the specific communication needs of emergency services. As the network is developed and new devices and applications become available, public safety’s demand for video and data services will increase exponentially.

LTE supports public safety

The LTE standards community in 3GPP is introducing system improvements needed to meet public safety requirements among which the most important are:

  • ProSe – Proximity based Services
  • GCSE_LTE – Group Communication System Enablers for LTE
  • D2D_LTE – LTE Device to Device Communication
  • MCPTT – Mission Critical Push To Talk over LTE
  • IOPS – Isolated E-UTRAN Operation for Public Safety

With NPSTC, TCCA, ETSI Technical Committee TETRA and other organizations backing LTE there is now a clear global consensus that LTE will be the baseline technology for next generation broadband public safety networks.

Migration to LTE in the mid-term is really the only option given the overarching safety requirements.

Azcom Technology provides all the key hardware and software components required to build C-RANs, Small Cells, Network In a Box (NIB), Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Test Cells, Multi-UE simulators, UE modems and Relay Nodes. These components can be effectively utilized as reference designs or product modules to build a state-of-art deployable public safety network.

Azcom provides a compact, highly portable and cost effective all-in-one Network-In-a-Box ideal for small size defense, public safety and mission critical applications.

All hardware and software components are Azcom owned Intellectual Property, providing customers with a single point of contact for efficient support and rapid customization. This has significant value for customers with application specific requirements needing customization and/or development of additional features, particularly in defence, public safety and large utilities with private networks.

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