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The Experts Weigh-In on Public-Safety – Part II

By Mike Collado
October 2nd, 2013

We recently attended a DAS and Small Cells session during the 2013 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition where an attendee inquired about the need for joint responsibility among building owners, wireless providers and public-safety stakeholders to ensure that the general public is notified and can communicate when there is an emergency, and that first responder radio systems work when they arrive at the emergency site.

In other words, the long-term implications of a public-private partnership.

In our previous post, Jonathan S. Adelstein, President & CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association and former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission shared his thoughts from the panel we moderated at the recent APCO International 79th Annual Conference & Expo (APCO 2013) on the need for stakeholders to agree to a business case justification to deploy in-building public-safety communication solutions and to establish best-practices among those who install and manage mission-critical public-safety networks.

Today, we hear from Robert LeGrande II, founder of The Digital Decision and former Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia who examines the requisite factors for a converged cellular and public-safety network and introduces the difference between carrier-grade and public-safety-grade.

 

 

Next up, James Teel from Harris Corporation on the challenges of funding in-building public-safety communications networks, the evolution of Land Mobile Radios to LTE and public-safety-grade communications.

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