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Moving Public Safety Forward: Invest in the Future, Not the Past.

Moving Public Safety Forward:  Invest in the Future, Not the Past.

Use Existing Radio System and Smartphones, with an Etherstack and Cisco Solution

If you’ve got an analog radio system, upgrading to P25 just got much easier and much less expensive.

Some agencies have received an end-of-life and end-of-support notice from their radio network manufacturer. If you’re in this position, there’s a better option for entering the FirstNet era than upgrading your entire radio infrastructure. The problem with jumping to another proprietary radio network is that it might lock you into another 20-year single-vendor solution.Communicate, Collaborate, Operate

Now there’s an effective and cost efficient way to modernize your existing network radio network infrastructure—whether or not it’s P25, and even if it’s reached end of life. Here are three steps.

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Modernizing Public Safety Communications

Modernizing Public Safety Communications

Your existing radios and voice system do more, with Cisco IPICS 4.8

If your agency uses Cisco Unified Communications as well as PTT radio communications, you can make both more valuable by adding Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS).Communicate, Collaborate, Operate 3

Hundreds of public safety agencies around the world already use Cisco IPICS to make radio dispatch operations simpler. IPICS improves incident response because personnel can join PTT talk groups using just about any device. That includes land-mobile radios, smartphones, IP phones, PCs and laptops, and even traditional phones.

The newest release, IPICS 4.8, has new features that improve communications, collaboration, and operations. Read More »

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How Internet of Things Is Transforming Public Safety

How Internet of Things Is Transforming Public Safety

Use Case 1: BYOD for Police Officers

The Internet of Things refers to connecting currently unconnected people and things, and it’s transforming public safety. This blog explains how police officers can securely use commercial smartphones and tablets in the field. Future blogs will describe other ways to use the Internet of Things to improve communications, collaboration, and operations.

Police officers are clamoring to use their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices for work. For law-enforcement agencies, allowing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is appealing because it can save money, and mobile apps for law enforcement improve situational awareness.Public Safety

Until now, two things have stopped police departments from allowing BYOD. One is governance. To use smartphones and tablets for incident response, departments need a way to enforce standard operating procedures. Lacking this, the NYPD recently had to remind officers to use radios instead of smartphones for official communications. Here’s the article in the New York Post.

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The Internet of Things Empowers Public Safety: Please Visit Cisco at APCO 2014 Booth 461

 

APCO 2014

Public safety organizations worldwide are increasingly adopting and using secure broadband networks, supporting open standards and multivendor technologies, and using new public safety applications, while adopting new policies for bring your own device (BYOD) using Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets for their personnel.

The rate of adoption is continuing to accelerate because of the next technology trend, called the Internet of Things (IoT), which empowers public safety to make its communities and cities safer. In fact, according to recent research by Cisco Consulting Services, this represents more than $4.6 trillion in Internet of Everything (IoE) value at stake for the public sector.

First Responders

First responders rely on mission critical communications and sensors to fulfill public safety needs, further empowered by the Internet of Things

The IoT is the next technology transition in which devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network. IoT is about connecting the unconnected.

At APCO, Cisco and partners will demonstrate next-generation public safety solutions based on open standards, secure networks, and Internet of Things technologies and solutions providing important benefits:

  • Enhanced reliability: Cisco’s IP infrastructure keeps the mission-critical network running at the most critical times.
  • Cost savings: Cisco’s software solutions allow less expensive endpoints to communicate with user groups.
  • Improved operations: Agencies can now communicate with voice, video, and data in open collaborative ways.
  • Multiple-vendor solutions: Cisco’s software allows customers to choose between many best-in-class vendors for an entire solution.
  • Solution support: Cisco offers support for the entire system, including third-party components, with a single support call.

We will showcase new solutions for next-generation instant communications using private and public networks that are now available to government and enterprise customers. Cisco’s IoT solutions support public safety, utilities, and industrial customer needs with multivendor, interoperable broadband technologies for mobility: BYOD, bring your own application (BYOA), and bring your own interface (BYOI). Cisco’s technology gives system integrators the ability to connect different systems that unify P25, LTE, and public safety broadband technologies easily and affordably.

In the Cisco booth we will be demonstrating our newest IPICS software solution, which includes a software development kit (SDK) that enables application developers to embed Cisco’s push-to-talk technology into their applications. Cisco will highlight the Quantum Virtualized Packet Core is a software application that routes data over LTE networks.  The Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core (QvPC) is one of the industry’s first commercial virtualized evolved packet cores, the new Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core (vPC ) solution redefines the paradigm of agility for service providers.

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Public Safety Blog Series – Premium Mobile Broadband, a virtualized private LTE network

Cisco’s new Quantum Virtual Packet Core technologies and Premium Mobile Broadband will provide remarkable benefits for Public Safety, Smart Cities, Utilities, Mining and more.

Intelligence relies on the ability to create connections -- to connect the unconnected -- and to deliver the right information to the right person, machine or device that facilitates autonomous decision making and action.  Broadband network infrastructure technologies, such as LTE, and the Internet of Things (IoT) products and technologies are accelerating our ability to realize the benefits of the Internet of Everything (IoE) by connecting people, processes, data and things.

Public Safety is seeing a dramatic evolution of needs and realizing that the limitations of Land Mobile Radio technologies, while they do provide for mission critical communications are not sufficient to meet the all of requirements of today and the future.   Many public safety agencies have the need to support officer safety with sensors from connected devices, or machines during an emergency -- sensors that detect a man-down, for example, or other biometrics.  Many personnel in public safety may have video in their vehicles, and some are wearing video giving real time information and intelligence to dispatchers and operations personnel responding to incidents. Video can also be used to support training, investigations, legal evidence, and other processes.  Some cities are deploying new Smart City applications that connect lighting, street parking, or control traffic to improve city traffic management and public safety operations.  Cities use a broad range of additional applications to deliver and support services in day to day operations.   Flexible tools and technologies are needed. Read More »

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