AT&T and Harris to form alliance to offer LTE solutions to support mission critical communications

AT&T and Harris Corporation announced that they are forming an
alliance to develop and deliver next generation LTE wireless solutions for
agencies and first responders whose lifesaving efforts depend on timely access
to critical information.

AT&T and Harris are exploring opportunities to provide first
responders with broadband and mission critical communications systems that will
enable high-speed video and data solutions. Users would benefit from network
agility that delivers highly-secure, highly-reliable connectivity where and
when they need it.

AT&T and Harris would bring extensive experience supporting public
safety and government customers, as well as expertise in broadband and mission
critical network construction and integration, interoperable device
manufacturing, and network service management.

“This alliance is a first step toward making next-generation
technology and services available to agencies who seek competitive
options,” said Chris Hill, vice president of Advanced Business Solutions,

Public safety agencies would benefit from:

  • A
    unified experience driven by integration of  broadband and narrowband
    Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks
  • Multiple
    business models to fit agencies’ needs and resources from complete
    end-to-end network solutions to a subscriber-based model
  • Seamless
    roaming and nationwide interoperability using AT&T’s 4G network when
    outside the public safety LTE network coverage area
  • A
    broader portfolio of wireless devices and applications designed for both
    commercial and public safety broadband networks

“Harris has extensive experience in mission-critical
communications, and a legacy of bringing new technology, such as LTE to public
safety and government customers,” said Steve Marschilok, president of
Harris Public Safety and Professional

This alliance will look to expand the choices for a growing set of
solutions that can be deployed to create an advanced, mission-critical
broadband experience for public safety.

With future public safety LTE solutions, emergency dispatches could
include a live video feed from traffic cameras to help first responders assess
the situation en route and could enable mounted police officers to quickly
retrieve a suspect’s information from a national database, using a tablet.

The combined offerings of Harris and AT&T could further extend
interoperability across existing narrowband public safety LMR networks to
private public safety and public broadband networks.

As public safety agencies continue to adapt to communities that
increasingly are going mobile, and confront challenges where actionable
communications can improve situational awareness, the companies plan to work
together to explore opportunities to deliver a set of solutions that include:

  • Handheld,
    vehicle-mounted and peripheral LTE-compatible devices
  • Mission-critical
    broadband applications
  • Seamless
    access to both private and public networks for public safety agencies
  • Network
    management, applications and support systems
  • Integrated
    Broadband/Project 25 infrastructure and devices

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