Nokia ViTrust – Broadband for public safety
Our Emergency Services currently rely on outdated radio technology. We believe it’s time for fast and reliable broadband, opening up improved communications possibilities for the critical situations they find themselves in every single day. This technology already exists and is ready to be implemented, but we need to show the government that the public wants it in place.
Key features of our public safety broadband network:
Live video streaming
First responders can share real-time video of situations to control centers or teams travelling to a scene, helping them prepare for arrival or offer better support.
Bio vital monitoring
Control centres are able to remotely activate responder’s cameras and monitor their vital signs to check their safety.
Share important patient data
Vital sign data for patients can be shared from the ambulance on the way to the hospital, giving doctors more information before they arrive.
Compact and deployable
Wherever an emergency occurs, responders are able to set up a secure broadband network instantly, ensuring nowhere is too remote for them to protect the public and save lives.
When communication is critical, losing connection isn’t an option. Our Emergency Services need a network they can trust every time a call comes in. The Nokia ViTrust public safety broadband network ensures their critical communications always reach their destination in time.
I joined the force because I wanted to make a difference, no matter how small. That’s what this job is all about for me.
The uniform represents a lot. It means a lot to people. When you’re in an uncertain or dangerous situation, there’s an expectation for you to act, to deal with it, and that can be a big pressure. You need to be able to face these things and stand your ground, you can’t be intimidated.
At times I feel threatened, you can feel like you are on your own out there. But with the back-up and support of the technology I would feel more confident going into a situation.
Being able to share a lot more information at the incident and being able to show why we need support and what support we need through live video will make a big difference.
The more support we can have as officers, the more confident we will be going into the dangerous and volatile scenarios we find ourselves in every day.
For me, it’s the best job in the world. It’s not about putting a uniform on and putting out a fire, it’s about making a difference in the community.
You don’t really think about it as saving lives. And then, after you get home and when you’ve got time to relax, that’s when it hits you. It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t think of anything more rewarding.
Every day is a new challenge. When a call comes in, the blood starts pumping straight away. Your adrenaline is going and you just want to get to the incident and make a difference.
Technology can definitely open up new possibilities for us. With the video capability, we will be able to see what’s going on and see what we need before we arrive, and that will help us save time and potentially lives when we get to the scene.
It can be daunting going into a building, because you don’t know what’s waiting for you, but knowing that I’ll have a body cam and vital signs monitor that can be activated remotely to check my safety will give me extra confidence going in.
Growing up, looking after people was a big part of my life, it’s what I loved doing. There are of course good and bad days, but I always know that I’ve done my best to help someone who needed it. You just do everything you can.
Time is crucial in this job, and communication is the key to doing the most we can with our time. The more information we can share, the smoother and faster the process from arriving on the scene to handing a patient over to the hospital will be.
If we can share images of the patient and stream their vital signs to the hospital, that will give the doctors there more opportunity to prepare for their arrival, which can only be a good thing.
Put simply, better equipment will help us do our jobs better and save more lives. If we can hear more and see more, we can do more for patients in the little time we have.
A friend of mine had been a member of the team first. Knowing my love of the outdoors and passions for climbing and hill-walking, she recommended I look into volunteering. I’ve never looked back.
There are successful call outs and ones that don’t work out so well. But it’s the support of the team that keeps you going. After every search, we get together and talk about what happened and make sure we’re all ok.
It’s a brilliant feeling knowing you’ve helped somebody. You can’t beat it. The people are usually afraid and don’t know what’s happening, they can be very distressed. It’s amazing to tell them they are going to be ok and see the relief they experience.
Not being able to communicate makes our job extremely difficult, obviously our work is all in remote locations, so we need to be able to connect from anywhere. It’s a race against the clock to share as much information as possible and locate the missing person. With this kind of broadband network that we could deploy instantly, we would save time and be able to work and communicate more effectively. Technology like drones would help us massively, but we don’t have the infrastructure to utilise them. At the moment, we just have to do our best with the resources we have.
It sounds cliché, but I did really want to give something back to society, to do a job that made a difference. And I still do, that’s what keeps me in the job, even when things get tough.
They say every day is different, and it really is. You just don’t know what’s going to come through the door next, or who will need your help. And when they do arrive, every second counts. You need to gather as much information as fast as possible and get to work.
Being able to monitor patients’ vital signs as they travel to the hospital, and receiving more in-depth data on their condition will help us massively. Because the more we know about a patient before they come through the door, the better.