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The public safety community has long called for mobile broadband to support its mission to save lives. With the adoption of LTE mobile broadband technology, public safety networks can benefit from the advantages of fast and reliable broadband data and real-time video services, opening up new communications possibilities for rescue missions and disaster recovery situations.

Delivering solutions for critical and resilient communications services, emergency services, connected service vehicles, wireless technologies, private LTE and Internet of Things (IoT)

Nokia announced that TeamTalk will become a reseller partner of Nokia equipment, software and services. The companies will also work together on delivering solutions focusing on IP/MPLS-based critical and resilient communications services, emergency services, connected service vehicles, wireless technologies, private LTE and Internet of Things (IoT). TeamTalk will also use Nokia's IP/MPLS backhaul network solution for its new digital radio system.

TeamTalk, which has been operating in New Zealand for the past twenty years, is looking to transition from a pure network vendor into a critical and resilient communications service provider. The partnership with Nokia will allow TeamTalk to deliver emergency service vehicle edge, private LTE and IoT technologies to New Zealand.

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Trialing LTE public safety technologies in South Korea to establish the application of first responders in sharing mission-critical voice, video and other data

Nokia and SK Telecom (SKT) are conducting a major trial of LTE public safety technologies in South Korea to establish the application of first responders in sharing mission-critical voice, video and other data simultaneously in real-time with multiple members of first response teams.

Nokia has deployed its ViTrust public safety solution - which includes LTE radio access, Cloud Packet Core and other commercially available technologies in the network trial in the Pyeongchang, Jeongsun and Gangneung areas of South Korea. The trial is being conducted with first responder teams to enhance communications and response time in emergency situations.

Working with local vendors to deliver services for the trial, Nokia is deploying its Mission-Critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) technology to allow a single user to simultaneously connect with multiple first response personnel on a network. Using enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast technology, HD-video and other data can be transmitted efficiently to all devices even in high-traffic situations, to give all first responders a clear and complete view of an emergency and its needs.

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Developing, testing and delivering the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) services to enterprise customers on our worldwide IoT network grid (WING)

Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marubeni Corporation to develop, test and deliver the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) services to its enterprise customers. The solution will be based on Nokia's worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Nokia WING will allow Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese multinational company with businesses in several sectors, including mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operations through its subsidiary Marubeni Wireless Communication, to rapidly and efficiently provide complete global IoT services to its enterprise customers across its five business groups, including food and consumer products, chemical and forest products, energy and metals, utilities and transportation and industrial machinery. Such services could include fleet management, remote monitoring of industrial machinery, asset management and international logistics.

The Nokia WING globally distributed Core network and related managed services enable Marubeni Corporation to become a truly global IoT service provider, providing low latency services to their multinational enterprise customers.

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Enhancing a range of mission-critical services for the power transmission and distribution grid in Kansas

Nokia has been selected by Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) to enhance the microwave communications network that supports a range of mission-critical services for the utility's power transmission and distribution grid. The new network, based on packet microwave technology, is intended to support power delivery and reliability for KCP&L's more than 800,000 customers in and around Kansas City, Missouri as well as parts of neighboring state of Kansas.

KCP&L is reinforcing its network using Nokia's Wavence microwave packet radio family of technologies (formerly known as the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio), which will enable the utility to support all of its grid control applications alongside its legacy data services using a single, converged network. This will simplify the management and operation of KCP&L's network today, while laying the groundwork for the introduction of emerging grid applications in the future. This is covered by a 10-year agreement to enable network expansions and upgrades. 

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Expanding our ViTrust critical communications portfolio with new services to help first responders take advantage of reliable and secure high-performance applications on their public safety devices

Nokia is expanding its ViTrust critical communications portfolio with new services to help first responders take advantage of reliable and secure high-performance applications on their public safety devices. The services provide trouble-free continuity of operations for public safety agencies across a multi-vendor, multi-technology mission critical communications environment.

Nokia's device software customization service will help accelerate agency adoption of new AndroidTM-based devices for first responders. Nokia's experts design and develop secure custom device firmware with tailor-made user experience adaptations and enhancements for public safety operations. First responders benefit from a familiar interface designed to provide vital information at a glance, saving time in emergency situations when every second counts.

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Modernizing the communications network of the County of Fresno, California to strengthen emergency response capabilities and enhance public safety

Nokia is modernizing the communications network of the County of Fresno, California to strengthen emergency response capabilities and enhance public safety. Nokia will upgrade the network using microwave packet radio and Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology, which will provide secure, resilient and reliable data links for first responders and County facilities.

The network provides the backhaul capabilities for Fresno County's digital trunked radio system, which is used by police, firefighters and other public safety personnel to communicate with command centers and amongst themselves. Once in place, the network can also be used to support services for a variety of other County agencies.

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Advanced communications in Northern California to support hydro-electric power generation and water distribution services in the area

Nokia is to provide an advanced communications network to the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) in Northern California to support its hydro-electric power generation and water distribution services in the area. PCWA is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, a 1500-square mile area between the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains. PCWA is responsible for water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of irrigation water and drinking water to more than 200,000 customers, and operates five hydroelectric plants producing roughly one million megawatt hours annually.

Under the agreement Nokia will replace PCWA's aging communications infrastructure with a modern Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave network that will support a range of critical utility applications, enabling them to more effectively utilize and manage their power generation, water resources and water supply.

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Saving Lives through innovation and proving them in live rescue missions

The NSL project was launched a year ago and since then has attracted a lot of love and attention. And no wonder. It’s one of those rare projects that combines the best in breed and truly embodies our commitment to deploy sustainable technologies that make a real difference to people’s lives. This innovation project expanded Nokia’s focus from improving people's lives to help saving lives. There has been a lot of activity, cooperation and milestones during this first year, but here are the three most visible to the outside world.

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