Smart devices and broadband based transport technologies using Long Term Evolution (LTE, also known as 4G) are uniquely poised to provide first responders with never before realized capabilities. Advances in both network performance and end user applications and devices have created a powerful platform to communicate, share data, improve situational awareness, stream video, and so much more.
Things that seemed impossible only two to three years ago are realities today, helping to keep responders and communities safer. For example, using drone technology, first responders can receive pictures or video sent directly to their devices, giving them the ability to make real-time decisions based on the data being transferred. Additionally, baseline information from a cardiac patient could stream directly to the responding medics, giving them critical insight into when the patient went into cardiac arrest.
The Emerging Technologies and Capabilities initiative is committed to engaging public safety stakeholders in innovative and educational opportunities to help them understand and access emerging technologies and capabilities. This includes new devices designed for first responders and applications that can be used across jurisdictions when responding to incidents. The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) will help stakeholders understand how these emerging technologies can help them today and facilitate numerous avenues to share these capabilities with first responders.
Mission Critical Push-to-Talk
On July 12, 1979, the last fire call box was taken out of service in Denver and replaced with dispatch centers. Communications was transformed as now for the first time in Denver’s history, multiple calls could be handled simultaneously and the appropriate resources and personnel dispatched even beyond the fire service.
Similarly, public safety communications are at the brink of yet another communications revolution as the development of Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) over smart devices begins to take hold.
Properly integrating the legacy Land Mobile Radio (LMR) technology with the MCPTT functionality will be a critical element in the overall public safety communications systems around the state. The goal of this effort will be to help all jurisdictions, local and state, understand the technologies in order to make the best decision to fit their needs. Additionally, we will work with all communications systems operators to develop a collaborative approach to the integration of LMR and LTE to ensure cross-jurisdictional communications needs are met.