Defence Research and Development Canada completes public safety broadband trial

Staff
January 08, 2019
By Staff
Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), working with Motorola Solutions and Ericsson, announced they have successfully completed their research trial of a dedicated public safety broadband network using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

Community safety agencies throughout the National Capital Region conducted research on this network, which was built specifically to allow greater collaboration among first responders.

Throughout the trial, agencies tested the ability to share high-speed data, including video and advanced public safety applications, to provide situational awareness for first responders and the people they protect. For example, the RCMP could share videos of a speeding suspect crossing provincial lines with both the Gatineau and Ottawa Police services.

As part of the trial, two LTE networks were successfully connected, allowing the sharing of information through seamless roaming between public safety and commercial networks.

First responders were equipped with the Motorola Solutions LEX public safety LTE device to share videos and quickly access applications such as maps that show first responder location data. They also used Motorola Solutions’ VML 750 LTE Vehicle Modem, which provides a secure Wi-Fi hotspot, turning a vehicle into a wireless hub for up to 30 first responders.

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