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Role of LTE, WiMAX in Public Safety

A new study from market research firm Frost & Sullivan confirms what many experts in the communications industry already know: that emerging wireless technologies such as WiMAX and LTE will be able to enhance public safety communications.

The study, “Assessment of Wireless Broadband for Public Safety,” predicts that the public safety application segment will emerge as a main domain for wireless broadband technology providers. Governments across the world are gaining a better understanding of the role of advanced communication technologies can play in the event of terrorist attacks or natural disasters.

“IP-based communications is one of the most significant drivers of wireless broadband for public safety communications, as it solves one of the fundamental challenges faced in this segment – interoperability,” pointed out Technical Insights Research Analyst Anirudh S. Srinivasan, in a release promoting the new report.

“Besides its ability to connect disparate radio systems and frequency bands, the IP platform also enables future technologies to be incorporated as and when required, without getting stuck with a single vendor or protocol,” he added.

The study discusses the role WiMAX and LTE will play in emergency communications for both fixed and mobile public safety providers.

There is a possibility of an integrated infrastructure with P25 Phase2 or TEDS, alongside WiMAX or LTE, in the near future, the report states. A multilayer network that can support disparate technological standards by using multiple nodal radios capable of operating in several frequency bands may offer the best environment for a versatile wireless broadband network, according to the analysis report.

“Wireless communications are still prone to interception and security breaches regardless of advances in encryption techniques and wireless security protocols,” said fellow Technical Insights Research Analyst Archit Subramanian.

He noted that it is very difficult to ensure optimum security in commercial Wi-Fi networks. In the case of mission-critical public safety communications, this problem is even more pronounced.

Assessment of Wireless Broadband for Public Safety a part of the Technical Insights subscription will also provide a thorough assessment of global wireless public safety services. Also this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated after extensive interviews with market participants.

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  1. January 9, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    We are addressing some of this this in a product we just marketed. see: http://www.lifebot.us.com It is intended to use both broadband and digital radio systems as well as POTS or cellular. It utilizes private WiMAX and P25 systems as redundant and complementary systems.

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