Nokia, too, is working on public safety (see AT&T/FirstNet story further up). The carrier introduced a new Ultra Compact LTE Network — which can be deployed in places where system connectivity has been lost. The set-up simplifies operation of broadband services for first responders and other users during emergencies and network outages.
The portable network incorporates carrier-grade Nokia Flexi Zone small cell radio and integrated core technology. A network serving up to 400 users can be set up in minutes, even where there’s existing coverage or coverage has been lost, according to Nokia. An easy graphical user interface simplifies set-up and configuration, and enables standalone operations with no need for an additional laptop. Nokia will make the Ultra Compact Network available in different versions, including a backpack-based portable model, vehicle-mounted and rack-mounted fixed installation versions.
The company also launched an Integrated Operations Center (IOC), which aggregates data feeds from multiple sources and vendor systems in an emergency situation, including high-bandwidth video, data from first responders, information sourced from alarm systems, CCTV, legacy application data and even social media. Pre-integrated tools analyze the feeds and alert teams to need-to-know information, triggering automated workflows defined by the agency and Nokia. The company noted customized dashboards present the information in the most appropriate way to help reduce response time and enhance cooperation between multiple agencies.
In one potential scenario, backhaul connectivity can be established linking the Nokia Ultra Compact Network to the IOC. This will enable first responder teams in remote regions to connect to a command center and dynamically share their data feeds to enhance decision-making.
May 17, 2017