With the pace of technology change quickening, government officials entrusted with responsibility for public safety operations must navigate uncharted waters. KNect365's inaugural Mission Critical Technologies (MCT) conference and exhibition provides a rare opportunity to hear from public safety innovators and practitioners alike. This is our take on why the event is a must-do opportunity on the 2018 event calendar.
While mission-critical push-to-talk over legacy TETRA and P25 networks remains the basis for emergency services command, control and communications, the cell phone network and its data services are an integral part of the picture. Several prominent operators around the world now offer services featuring mission-critical LTE capability based on recent standards advances. The network technology is ready, and it is time for operators around the world to go beyond consumer grade service offers.
The US Super Bowl is one of the most complex public safety operations appearing on the calendar. Fortunately, the city of Houston, Texas hosted 2017's massive Super Bowl LI event. Because the city sits in Harris County, a FirstNet Band 14 Early Builder that committed to sharing its lessons learned, the event yielded a treasure trove of information about what it means to leverage a public safety LTE network. What can this mean for future European public safety LTE networks?