U.S. cities and counties strive to improve mission critical communications, but selecting a land mobile radio system that is cost-competitive and meets current and future operational requirements can be a formidable task.
FirstNet will be the first nationwide wireless broadband network committed to America's first responders. It will transform the public safety industry and trigger advancement from narrowband Land Mobile Radio technology to broadband Long-term evolution technology.
As utilities digitize their critical infrastructure with advanced technology applications, they are adding more IP gateways and other data delivery elements to their networks, making them more susceptible to common types of attacks than they have been in the past.
Strained budgets may be holding back many municipalities whose leaders understand the benefits of smart city systems but lack the money to support them. Yet, a question is emerging that potentially turns that notion on its head: How can a city know what it can’t afford until it identifies what it needs?
Today's service providers are faced with multiple variations of siloed network architectures and technologies that are not easily upgraded or expanded. That makes adding capacity, new services and devices difficult and expensive.
By building communications networks that can more tightly integrate business drivers and goals with the day-to-day load demand for their customers, utilities are taking initial steps toward integrating the smart grid with smart cities.
Municipalities face a grim reality when it comes to funding smart initiatives through traditional routes - according to survey data, only 16 percent of municipalities can self-fund a smart city initiative; a little over a third cannot.