This means that public safety agencies can confidently move forward with projects to leverage 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks today, and add FirstNet data radios to their gateways once the 700MHz Band 14 network is available.
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
In Motion Technology announced today that its in-vehicle router – the onBoard Mobile Gateway (oMG), was successfully evaluated at the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program at the U.S. Department of Commerce Boulder Laboratories in Colorado. During evaluation, the oMG demonstrated seamless switching of traffic across multiple test networks. Completion of official testing will demonstrate that the oMG is capable of similar seamless switching across multiple commercial carrier LTE networks and the FirstNet Band Class 14 public safety network.
The oMG is unique among user devices tested in this phase. It can utilize both AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE networks in conjunction with the FirstNet network infrastructure under test and provide both a Wi-Fi hotspot and Wi-Fi backhaul for use at stations and depots, giving public safety unprecedented access to all available forms of WAN interconnection. The onBoard Mobility Manager (oMM) was also demonstrated; oMM provides comprehensive intelligence for fleet managers, IT and operations about a fleet of public safety vehicles.
“What this means for public safety agencies is that they can confidently move forward with plans and projects to leverage 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks today, and then simply add FirstNet data radios to their gateways once the 700MHz Band 14 network is available in their areas”, said Tony Morris, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at In Motion Technology. “Public safety agencies have been monitoring FirstNet’s activities closely to gauge the implications that FirstNet will have on their current environments. Our system offers a secure mobile hotspot and access to the plethora of LTE networks, protecting investments already made in legacy devices.”
Seven jurisdictions are moving ahead with initial deployments, and last week the FirstNet board cleared the way for BTOP grant funding to be reinstated to assist in their efforts.
The onBoard system includes an in-vehicle gateway (oMG), a back-office management system (oMM), and seamless security both in the vehicle area network, and across all wide area networks (oCM) including FirstNet spectrum.
“In the next phase of testing at the PSCR lab, we will demonstrate how our onBoard Connection Manager (oCM) provides fast switching and security across multiple WANs, including the FirstNet network. Together with the oMG and oMM, the oCM enables agencies to comply with CJIS security policies, including FIPS 140-2 without the need for client software on every device”, added Morris.
The PSCR program is a joint effort of two U.S. Department of Commerce agencies, the Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). PSCR provides objective technical support—research, development, testing and evaluation—to foster public safety communications interoperability. In close collaboration with private sector and public safety partners, PSCR has built a demonstration test bed for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment and software for the future FirstNet 700 MHz interoperable public safety broadband network.
About In Motion Technology Inc.
In Motion Technology is the leader in mobile enterprise networks that provide customers with fleets in mission critical environments with a secure, managed end-to-end communications system. The company’s solution includes a powerful management platform, an application suite designed to improve situational awareness, industry leading mobile-optimized security and a rugged in-vehicle mobile router. In Motion’s solutions are used by hundreds of public safety, transit and utility fleets across the United States and Canada. For more information please contact Louise Labuda at (604) 523-2371 ext 538 or visit In Motion Technology, Twitter, and Facebook.