The LTE Platform for Public Safety Innovation Technology is constantly evolving, and as LTE is priming to replace LMR, there is already another technology on the horizon—5G. This next generation network will deliver even higher speeds and better efficiency. In the meantime, LTE provides the right interoperable platform to integrate mission critical data applications—a groundbreaking innovation in public safety. With a suite of new capabilities, emergency response will improve through interoperable communications and life-saving technology and tools. Start the LTE Transformation Now is the time to prepare for LTE, not at LMR’s swan song. Early budget planning and preparation means that agencies will be able to transfer operations seamlessly and on time rather than scrambling to catch up when a tipping point arrives. With much to gain, creating an “LTE-ready” network will help begin a new age of first responder technologies. Here is how the public safety leaders can start the process: Continue LMR Investment: LMR will remain the public safety voice communication standard until LTE’s reliability is established and first responders trust the system. Develop Long-Term LTE strategy: Set strategy for each network lifecycle phase, including planning/design, pilot/deployment, and operation/densification. Plan for shorter equipment lifecycles of 5-7 years. Streamline procurement and construction processes to improve efficiency. Invest in Supporting Infrastructure: Acquire real estate, lay fiber and construct towers and shelters. Perform technology upgrades: Implement large-scale IP in the network core and backbone, which may include multi-protocol and network management technology and a network/security operations center. Increase capacity to support 5x as many base stations, in line with LTE infrastructure requirements. Prepare personnel: Communicate changes early, perform training and hire staff to match network scale. Subject Matter Expert Scott Dicus: DicusS@bv.com Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.