New public safety 'solution on wheels' enables 4G/LTE coverage and capacity in one hour or less for first responders in disaster areas or rural emergency situations
August 4, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana - Today at APCO International, Nokia Networks and its public safety partner Harris Corporation launch a rapidly deployable LTE solution, giving first responders 4G/LTE coverage and capacity in one hour or less and allowing faster distribution of data and videos. The solution enables network restoration and remote temporary coverage which is crucial in disaster or rural areas where coverage is not present or has been compromised, and extended network coverage during special public events.
Custom engineered to meet first responder communications requirements, the Nokia Networks/Harris LTE deployable solution is a field transportable eNodeB system that is installed in a rugged enclosure for off-road operations. It provides grid independent fuel cell powering options, field erectable antennas and several backhaul solutions such as Wi-Fi, microwave and/or satellite. The solution can also be equipped with an optional core network and application server to provide local connectivity in case of backhaul failure.
"The collaboration on the new LTE deployable solution builds upon Nokia Networks' market leading LTE technology and Harris' proven leadership in integrating LTE and land mobile radio systems," said Bob Fennelly, head of government and public safety for Nokia Networks. "By leveraging our Flexi Multiradio Base Station family and Harris' BeOn® group communications suite, we are providing first responders a best-in-class commercial solution that ensures delivery of real-time data and video when most needed."
The Nokia Networks/Harris LTE deployable solution includes the latest generation of Nokia Networks' market leading Flexi Multiradio Base Station family, the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station* (BTS). This solution supports higher LTE capacities and a wider variety of BTS site configurations with a minimized amount of equipment and the industry's lowest power consumption. The LTE deployable solution also includes BeOn**, the world's most advanced group communications solution, which is offered by Harris and available as an application for smartphones and similar devices.
In addition, the LTE deployable solution can be equipped with Nokia Networks' groundbreaking Radio Applications Cloud Server(RACS), enabling integration with its Liquid Applications solution. This integration offers accelerated content delivery and real-time utilization of network information through the use of cloud-based technology within the Flexi base station. As a result, operators will be able to deliver entirely new types of real-time services from emergency situations or special public events. These include incident video feeds and critical information such as building diagrams delivered to nearby subscribers as local content, bypassing the need to go back to information stored at the centralized core.
"Broadband service is increasingly important for public safety, and the Nokia Networks/Harris LTE deployable solution extends land mobile radio public safety network services to anywhere broadband connectivity exists," said Dennis Martinez, chief technology officer for Harris RF Communications. "Together with our powerful BeOn application, we are realizing LMR and LTE convergence, providing first responder critical services as push-to-talk voice, situational awareness and streaming video over LTE anytime and anywhere."
To learn more about the Nokia Networks/Harris LTE deployable solution, please visit us at the Harris Booth #1035 in Hall 2 of APCO 2014 in New Orleans.
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About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees - including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.
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* Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, when used in conjunction with the Nokia Networks Liquid Radio Software Suites, ensures that all LTE spectrum assets are used optimally so an operator can serve more subscribers with higher data rates. Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, when used in conjunction with Self Organizing Network (SON) techniques, makes a Liquid Radio network aware of radio access needs. It seamlessly and dynamically blends and steers coverage and capacity using available spectrum, automatically coordinating macro cells with smaller cells in a dynamic HetNet environment.
** Harris Corporation's BeOn provides a converged communications experience between land mobile radio (LMR) and broadband communications. BeOn delivers full Push-To-Talk (PTT) services on devices that operate on broadband networks, including 3G and 4G commercial cellular, public safety LTE and Wi-Fi networks. BeOn is the only broadband PTT solution built from the ground up to support the Project 25 (P25) LMR feature set on commercially available devices such as cell phones, tablets and PCs. It leverages the P25 codec and offers essential features such as emergency call support, encryption, OTAR and talk-group scanning.