THE PEPRO UPDATE
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In This Issue:
- Come see us at APCO International 2014!
- News Flash
- Product Focus – The Mobile Series
- FirstNet's Goals Shouldn't Include Voice
- Pasadena, Texas Chooses Pepro
Come See Us at APCO International 2014!
We're at APCO International again this year as it returns to New Orleans. Come see us in booth #317 and learn about how our products can help with important industry issues like hardening sites for LTE migration and tower safety. We're showing off our Shielded Outdoor Networking Cabinet (its APCO debut) and the Hybrid Brave. Hope to see you there!
We are likely to see significant changes in the way emergency response agencies communicate. Broadband will help deliver the high-speed data that LMR dreams about and it’s easy to see that with their individual strengths, LMR and broadband will complement each other and agencies will benefit from both.
If the state and local agencies do not sign up for FirstNet services, FirstNet will not achieve the mandates set out for it by Congress and signed into law. FirstNet is responsible for building and maintaining this network and making sure it becomes self-sustaining. Therefore, before FirstNet builds out the network it needs to understand where the users will be and, just as important, what the users expect from the network.
What makes FirstNet so intriguing is that it does not have a business model—at least not one that has been disclosed publicly. There is a general acknowledgement that the $7 billion earmarked for the project will not be enough to deploy a nationwide broadband network for first responders, much less sustain it with maintenance and upgrades for eternity, so partnerships and monetizing excess capacity on the network will be crucial.
Product Focus – The Mobile Series
Our secure mobile radio sites feature, single person operation and full integration to allow for installation and set up to be completed within 30 minutes upon arrival. The articulated tower design, with no guy wires, multiple antenna capacity, and vertical antenna seperation have proven this to be an ideal system to restore your mission critical communications. Units lilke this are often called cell on wheels (COWS), site on wheels (SOWS), tower on wheels (TOWS), or mobile tower units (MTU).
The Brave™ is designed for organizations with modest emergency communication equipment needs. One person can rapidly deploy this unit and restore mission critical communications easily within 30 minutes. Pepro Scout® Mobile Communication Systems are designed to quickly respond to your mission critical scenarios. Single person operation and full integration allow for installation and set up to be completed within 30 minutes. Articulated tower design, no guy wires and multiple antenna capability prove this to be an ideal system to restore mission critical communications. Our Commander® Series offers two different sizes of mobile radio sites to meet your agency’s needs. Each secure mobile site offers rapid deployment to restore mission critical communication. Finally, the Mobile Walk-In Radio Site (WMRS) is the largest mobile unit that we offer and is staged on a drop-deck goose-neck trailer. The design of this unit allows it to serve as a “master site” or a dispatch center.
FirstNet's Goals Shouldn't Include Voice
As we get closer to the deadlines and milestones on the path to a nationwide public safety broadband network (including FirstNet's meeting with Maryland last week, marking the first state consultation) we are becoming more aware of what the potential changes will mean for organizations of every size, and in every corner of the country. You can read some of the industry's latest thoughts on FirstNet's progress in our "News Flash" section above. These voices echo what we hear from people we meet on the front lines and in industry conferences like this week's APCO International.
While there is much to gain from the additional services FirstNet promises to provide, there is likely a far better chance to realize those gains by taking a supplimental rather than replacement strategy when it comes to LMR. By helping communities and organizations enhance their first responder capabilities without introducing the slightest question about the quality and reliability of the voice commutations that have proven so effective until now, FirstNet would be celebrated for every new accomplishment rather than greeted with reluctance and doubt. As Andrew Seybold said in the article linked above, "when my sheriff, police chief, fire chief, and EMS director all come to trust voice over LTE and are ready to turn off their LMR systems, the LTE network will be ready for voice and not until."
Taking voice off the list of goals for the current deadlines also allows FirstNet more time to find the partners it needs and provide assurances that its voice capabilities meet all of the needed specifications without holding up all of the many data benefits of LTE. There is still time to make FirstNet a fantastic development in the world of public safety communication, but there is clearly not enough time to make the market believe it is ready to be the voice carrier we all need it to be.
Pasadena, Texas chooses Pepro's Site on Wheels
Situated on the gulf coast of Texas, Pasadena is home to important segments of the country's petroleum, aerospace and healthcare industries. The city has much to be proud of, and protect from hurricanes and other threats. In 2011, the city received a grant to upgrade its radio infrastructure from the US Department of Homeland Security and purchased Pepro's mobile unit as part of that upgrade on a recommendation from Motorola. The city hadn't used any mobile radio infrastructure equipment before.
Robert Hemminger, emergency management coordinator for the City of Pasadena, Texas oversees the community's comprehensive Emergency Management Program and Disaster Response activities. According to Hemminger, the Pepro "Site On Wheels" provides the capability to move radio system infrastructure to an area of the city experiencing poor public safety radio reception, or to augment existing infrastructure in the case of damage caused by a natural or man-made disaster.
"Our ability to deploy the site to any affected area of our region and quickly enable public safety radio communications in a stricken community is an important additional benefit of the mobile platform," added Hemminger. "Pepro's employees were extremely helpful in the implementation of this new technology. They provided on-site instruction and training covering set-up, deployment, and equipment care and maintenance."