Motorola Solutions is the first public-safety long-term evolution (LTE) vendor to successfully complete all testing associated with Phase 3: Part One, with the Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR). The testing was completed at 's laboratory in Boulder, Colo.
In September 2010,and Ericsson partnered to provide an LTE-based solution for next-generation public-safety broadband communications. Ericsson is providing LTE access equipment as well as parts of its packet core and related services to deliver broadband multimedia services to public safety.
Phase 3: Part One testing was performed in the 700 MHz, Band 14 spectrum that supports broadband for public safety. The tests focused on demonstrating interoperability with other suppliers, a key component of building a nationwide network allowing public-safety personnel to collaborate regardless of agency, jurisdiction or equipment manufacturer.
“The completion of this testing helps confirm the overall strategy of leveraging standard LTE cellular technology for use in meeting specific public-safety communications needs, with core functionality now demonstrated by the independent experts at NIST,” said Bob Verbiscer, the company’s senior director of public-safety broadband engineering.
Verbiscer said successful completion of the Phase 3: Part One test is a key milestone toward Motorola becoming an authorized supplier to FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network.
“We’re now another step closer to being able to bring the richness of broadband services to the fire-service profession, with all the benefits that come from new, high-bandwidth applications, such as video from and to the teams that need it in the moments that matter,” he said.