Alcatel-LucentBroadband 700 MHz Solution for Public Safety
Enhanced Communications for Mission-CriticalNeeds
Offering transmission rates up to 3.1 Mb/s, the Alcatel-LucentBroadband 700 MHz solution represents a quantum leap in first responder communication. It uses CDMA2000® 1xEV-DORevision A technology to supplement existing LMR (Land Mobile Radio) networks by supporting a wide range of advanced multimedia services, such as streaming video, multimedia messaging, web access and backup push-to-talkservice. Access to high speed data allows first responders to have a virtual “desktop in the field” and enhance communications among first responders in the field and remote emergency response coordinators. This accurate,up-to-dateinformation can help save lives and minimize additional risks to the public. Because CDMA is a standardized, widely available commercial technology, the solution leverages the economies of scale of existing 3G networks and allows full interoperability between public safety broadband and commercial 3G wireless networks. As commercial CDMA networks evolve to 4G, the AlcatelLucent Broadband 700 MHz solution will be capable of implementing the same improved capabilities.
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Going Beyond Narrowband Limits —
To Meet Public Safety Needs
Broadband CDMA solutions supplement and enhance land mobile radio (LMR) networks with advanced multimedia capabilities. Arming first responders with advanced multimedia services allows them instant access to mission-criticaldata, giving local, state and even federal agencies the ability to exchange information across jurisdictional boundaries.
Wide area public safety wireless communications today use LMR technologies such as P25. Because of the small size of the radio channels used by these technologies, these networks are unable to support
data-intensiveapplications such as video,e-mailwith attachments and web access to agency databases.
The urgent need for effective, capable, interoperable emergency response services has been powerfully demonstrated in recent major disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. Today, organizations responsible for public safety and security must be prepared to meet escalating challenges at the local, state and federal level, while operating within tight budgets.
Constraints of existing public safety networks
The wireless technology that currently supports public safety significantly lags behind commercial developments. Land mobile radio technologies support primarily:
•Textual applications such as text-basedmessaging
Proprietary land mobile radio solutions and weak standards significantly impede voice interoperability.
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Innovative Capabilities that Leverage
Existing Land Mobile Radio Transmission Towers
The Alcatel-LucentBroadband 700 MHz solution represents a quantum leap in first responder communication. Based onopen-standard,commercial CDMA2000® 1xEV-DORevision A(EV-DORev A) broadband technology, theAlcatel-Lucentsolution provides transmission rates up to 3.1 Mb/s and coverage radius of 18 miles per site and higher. This performance dramatically exceeds thelimited-rangepublic safety solutions deployed in the 4.9 GHz public safety band, which typically have a range of 300 yards or less. Broadband technology is deployed as an overlay to existing LMR networks. Because of the long ranges achieved by the technology, existing LMR transmission towers can be reused, eliminating the high costs associated with new tower construction.
Delivering cutting-edgedata and multimedia capabilities enables key personnel to communicate faster and more effectively in emergency situations, no matter where they’re located. First responders and the emergency command center can stay in constant communication, providing everyone with accurate,up-to-dateinformation that helps save lives and minimizes additional risks to the public — and to emergency workers.
Fast, easy communication across jurisdictions and systems
In times of emergency, the ability to communicate seamlessly with all key resources is critical. The AlcatelLucent solution offers a unified communications infrastructure that can be shared across cooperating public safety agencies, while leveraging existing investment in public safety radio infrastructure and training. Because CDMA technology uses standardized protocols and interfaces,
users beyond the range of their home public safety network can still maintain a connection via a local 700 MHz or a commercial wireless network — streamlining connections in times of crisis.
In addition, the Alcatel-Lucentsolution enables rapid deployment of additional capacity on portable platforms, such as a command center, as needed, when fixed infrastructure is not available to handle an emergency.
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More powerful information tools
By using CDMA technology, the Alcatel-Lucentsolution can support a growing spectrum of advanced communication capabilities that create a “desktop in the field” — and enhanceday-to-day,task force andmutual-aidresponse. These voice, video, text and data capabilities include:
•Streaming video (surveillance, remote monitoring)
•Broadcast (multicast) audio or video sent simultaneously to multiple handsets
•Automatic vehicle location
•Mapping/GIS (geographic information system)
•Remote database access
•Push-to-talkwith fast callset-up
•Voice over IP, including interoperability with legacy and new LMR infrastructure through the use of gateways
Increased operating efficiency
Broadband EV-DORev A offloads legacy narrowband or wideband wireless data technologies and enhances them by delivering the following benefits:
•Decreased narrowband channel load: Time-consumingtasks, such as database lookups and dispatch messaging areoff-loadedto broadband spectrum
•Enhanced day-to-dayoperations: Remote access to databases to streamline routine tasks and decreases paperwork
•Enhanced incident operations: Mission-criticalinformation exchanged inreal-time— anytime, anywhere — including floor plans, mug shots, incident stills, surveillance feeds andon-scenevideo
•Enhanced Task Force Operation: Simplified secure sharing of voice, video, and multimedia data among task force members.
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Economy of scale, wider choices
The EV-DORev A broadband technology used in theAlcatel-Lucentsolution is ahigh-volume,open-standardcommercial technology used by major service providers worldwide. As a result ofwide-rangingcompetitive activity, using a mainstream mobile technology can often deliver a growing range of new capabilities, more cost effectively. Leveraging the economies of scale the commercial networks offer helps drive down expenses for network elements, mobile devices and development of innovative features. Wide deployment also encourages ongoing product support — and helps maintain a commitment to the open standards that allow interoperability. For first responders, these benefits include:
•High-performancecapabilities resulting from billions of dollars in R&D investment for the commercial market
•Vendor competition that enhances innovation
•Highly diverse selection of user devices.
•Roaming on commercial networks with a common device
•Forward/backward compatibility as commercial technology evolves to 4G.
K E Y B E N E F I T S
CDMA2000® 1xEV-DORevision A(EV-DORev A) technology
Expanded multimedia capabilities that increase the effectiveness of public
Standardized protocols and interfaces
Full interoperability between legacy public safety radio and commercial
Special public safety features that authorize/prioritize communication
Enhanced inter-agencycooperation — with controls that ensure mission-
critical data gets top priority
Transmission speeds up to 3.1 Mb/s
Faster downloads of mug shots, floor plans, on-screenvideo and other
Support for location and presence information
Significantly enhanced information about responders in the field
Base station routers with flat IP architecture
Technical efficiency, with fewer bottleneck nodes as traffic is offloaded,
and cost savings
Higher performance for voice and video applications
Backhaul data network with T1, microwave or Ethernet connectivity options
Comprehensive OA&M platform
Enhanced performance with reduced costs
Full element management subsystem
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Knowing that public safety is a public trust, Alcatel-Lucentcombines a solid understanding of public safety requirements with leadership in 3G technologies. The result is a powerful andcost-effectiveBroadband 700 MHz Public Safety solution that provides a unified infrastructure for cooperating public safety agencies — supporting advanced multimedia services that enhance the effectiveness of the public safety mission.
Designed for interoperability, scalability, and high reliability, the Alcatel-LucentBroadband 700 MHz Solution for Public Safety delivers today’smission-criticalapplications, while allowing emergency management response teams to leverage the 700 MHz spectrum with advanced 3G broadband wireless solutions. These solutions will continue to evolve to plannednext-generation(4G) capabilities, thereby protecting against the uncertainties of future network evolution.
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