IWCE 2104 continues to demonstrate the gravitational influence of FirstNet in pulling together the public-safety and cellular industries.
Sure, IWCE still skews heavily toward public-safety based on the the big booths from Kenwood, Motorola and Harris).
However, there is also a growing contingent of OEMs and SIs from the cellular world who are introducing new strategies such as small cells for solving both cellular and public-safety communications needs.
This trend is further reflected in multiple educational sessions that poignantly declared that a lack of indoor public safety communication could be a fatal flaw.
Robert LeGrande, the former CTO of Washington, DC, shared during the “Overcoming Hurdles to Ensure In-building Communications” panel hosted by the Safer Buildings Coalition (SOLiD is a founding member) that with the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the industry is at a revolutionary point of change and that it is vital not to leave buildings behind. (Watch Rob’s video interview from APCO 2013)
And here’s what we blogged about last year.
What struck you as noteworthy this year at IWCE?
DAS, Distributed Antenna System, In-Building Wireless, IWCE, Public Safety, Safer Buildings Coalition