What 4G LTE Could Mean for the Future of Public Safety Agencies

What-4G-LTE-Could-Mean-for-the-Future-of-Public-Safety-AgenciesIt is anticipated by the GSMA that by 2020, 63% of the world’s population will be covered by 4G LTE, and more than 30% of connections will use the technology. The benefits to public safety are huge.

Public-safety agencies worldwide are in the process of migrating away from proprietary mobile technologies in a global switch to LTE. 4G LTE extends a wide range of benefits, including a massive vendor ecosystem and a cost structure designed to work on a global scale. As more and more verticals turn to LTE, the overall costs go down and adoption becomes possible for even smaller agencies. Public safety is enabled to take advantage of innovation which had formerly been unattainable.

The US FirstNet network was supported by Congress, which earmarked roughly $7 billion of spectrum auction proceeds to support it. However, that is far less than the amount required to create a network spanning every inch of US soil. Like many other verticals, public safety’s goals and its budget are a world apart.

Public safety agencies are therefore taking a big tent approach to the problem, accepting the hand extended by utility networks, who bring to the table a vast array of resources and finances, and simply want access to public-safety networks in return. By providing a vital service and helping to support those networks by funding and/or providing access to infrastructure, they pave the way for new, improved base station equipment and everything that comes with it.

Mobile operators have also been attracted by FirstNet’s 700MHz spectrum, and the race is on to see if a model can be developed that enables sharing without putting operators and customers in the position of relinquishing their right to access during a catastrophic event in favor of public safety networks commandeering the available bandwidth.

Another possibility for public safety agencies is the potential to increase their use of commercial cellular networks; in the US, commercial cellular could turn out to be an important part of the puzzle. As the 63% global coverage threshold is neared, public safety divisions may come to depend solely on 4G LTE and enabled devices, like rugged tablets, for communication in the field.

LTE driven mobile communications for public safety makes perfect sense in terms of cost structure, innovation and capabilities. While implementation across the country may still be a work in progress, and coverage can be spotty in rural areas, larger cities are getting on board with 4G LTE and mobile as the tool of the future.

3 Ways Medical Tablet Computers are Changing Healthcare for the Better

3 Ways Medical Tablet Computers are Changing Healthcare for the BetterHealthcare centers like hospitals, research locations, and doctors’ offices are the first places to see advances in technology. Sadly, they have been some of the last places to switch over to digital forms of data collection, file-sorting, and diagnostics.

Medical tablets have been making inroads to bring these facilities and their personnel up to date. The benefits are many, and doctors and nurses equipped with them can work faster, easier, and with added mobility. Here are just three of the ways medical tablet computers are actively changing healthcare for the better.

Faster, more accurate data collection.

The necessity for clipboards, stacks of paper, and elusive pens can be done away with when a tablet is introduced. Tablets combine the mobility of a smartphone with the usability and size of a netbook screen. They can go wherever a clinician, doctor, or nurse can go, whether it is on rounds or to check up on specific patients.

Data can be swiftly collected, saved, and edited with a few taps, and the need for physical files is gone. If paper copies are necessary, tablets can be connected to printers and files can be sent wirelessly. With a mobile, medical tablet computer, every diagnosis, history, and doctor’s note is at your fingertips.

Patient-friendly usability.

In cases where medical tablets are being given as an ‘infotainment’ tool, patients can stay connected, be productive, learn new information about their treatment or the facility, and calm anxieties, among a variety of other media-related uses.

These ruggedized tablets can be given to children, elderly patients, and visitors alike to help them during their visit. They can be used to relay information directly to patients and their families, answer questions, and even order meals. These kinds of digital interfaces can put visitors and patients at ease, and remind them that they are in capable hands.

Superior mobility.

Tablets are made to be mobile for the entire work day. With reliable, hot-swappable batteries, they can keep up for entire shifts, and connectivity is never an issue with a 4G connection. These functions ensure that wherever a doctor or nurse needs to go, every bit of information on the tablet can follow them.

Rugged medical tablets can increase communication, productivity, and even prevent disaster. Every tablet is designed to handle drops, falls, spills, and many dangers that come along with being in a hospital setting. They can be disinfected accordingly, and no-touch features such as styluses and mounted options can be added for increased benefits.

 

5 Benefits of 4G for Law Enforcement & 1st Responders

5 Benefits of 4G for Law Enforcement 1st RespondersToday, most emergency response and public-safety networks are online. This means that it is vital for first responders and law enforcement to be connected every second of the day. Every moment matters, and every bit of information is important. A slow, unreliable connection can result in missed details, slow response time, and even lost lives.

This is why the push for 4G LTE is critical. 4G opens up many potential avenues for communication, efficiency, and speed, and with the proper device, the possibilities can be endless.

Here are just five reasons that 4G LTE can benefit police departments, emergency services, and first responders:

  1. Cost effectiveness. Without the need to return to the office, files can be easily collected and sent, saving both time and money. Officers and medics can be in the field longer, and calls can be answered quickly as they come in. As data and connectivity becomes cheaper, there are more options for users who must be always-on.
  2. Flexibility. The ability to change fluidly to handle every situation is part of being a first-responder. 4G LTE enables law enforcement and other users to switch between the best solutions for each situation to keep communications clear.
  3. Real-time connectivity. When things begin to happen and change quickly, real-time communication, analytics, and GPS information becomes vital. A stable connection can ensure that a team is always in the loop, no matter their location or status.
  4. Remote management. Remote cloud management makes it easier to upgrade firmware, monitor, trouble-shoot, and even deploy with the ‘zero-touch’ feature. This opens up an entirely new realm of possibility for savings, productivity, and other benefits.
  5. Reliability. With tools like rugged tablets, wi-fi cameras, dashboard cams, and GPS, the demand for constant Wi-Fi connection is at an all-time high. 4G LTE makes that possible, and the connection is not only cost-effective and flexible, but reliable, ensuring that no-one is ever left stranded without communications.

More first responder and law enforcement units and communities are embracing the future of 4G LTE and all of the accessories that work with it. As we enter a more connected world, it should become easier to field calls, respond to emergencies, and render aid to all in their time of need.