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Public Safety Comm for2019:

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  • Public Safety Comm for2019:

    Jan. 2015:

    The way that public safety agencies communicate is changing dramatically. While police, fire, EMS and other government
    agencies have traditionally focused on voice and push-to-talk (PTT) communications, they are now increasingly relying on an
    array of new data communications such as video and text.

    According to Motorola’s 2014 public safety survey, agencies around the country are depending more on high-speed
    communications and collective intelligence to improve the safety and outcomes for both field officers and the communities
    they serve.

    story - > http://www.tele-rad.com/downloads/mo...019-survey.pdf
    Last edited by 1OLDTIMER; 01-23-2015, 07:58 PM.
    "Take care of yourself first. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow or for that matter...what the next few seconds is going to bring."

  • #2
    I can see 2019. We will be waiting for this newfangled "Firstnet" thing that will solve every communications problem everywhere. Everywhere there is coverage. That means 80% of the land mass of the country will never see it, except in the Fire Service magazines.

    But it will be real cool, the 8 test systems work really well most of the time.

    Funding still needs to be worked out. There will be a new series of firefighter grants to pay for subscriber costs. At least with departments that can write good applications.

    Chiefs of major metro departments (Those 8 above) still LOVE it.

    Analog PTT will still reign as the best solution for fireground operations - however the FCC is narrowbanding again, and analog won't work. Cash strapped departments are going to Walmart blister pack GMRS/FRS radios for fireground.

    Motorola offers a "budget" public safety radio, Quad band, trunking, P25, LTE9, for only 32k. Battery, charger, antenna, and carry case all additional. Lowest tier offering. It is flying off the shelf.

    Need repair? Send it off in a box, there are no local dealers anymore.

    Accountability systems will be worn into a building. The Chief of BIG city FD will be able to follow your progress in a building via GPS, video, and TDR. He of course will be doing this from a conference 2500 miles away, and still trying to run the show. Your BP, HR, Sp02, perspiration, sexual tendencies, appetite, menu, and consumption will all be monitored 24/7 through the accountability system.

    But I digress


    • #3
      Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
      Analog PTT will still reign as the best solution for fireground operations - however the FCC is narrowbanding again, and analog won't work. Cash strapped departments are going to Walmart blister pack GMRS/FRS radios for fireground.
      Amazing that two (2) handy-talkies can be purchased for less than $25. "The Midland LXT118 is a 22 Channel GMRS two way radio with up to 18 Mile Range* and packed in pairs. The LXT118 features Channel Scan to check for activity, Hands-Free Operation, Auto Squelch to remove background noise, and Accessory Jacks that allow the use of Midland headsets."

      Key Features:

      22 Channels – Clear, crisp communication with easy button access
      Xtreme Range* – Up to 18 miles – Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction
      Call Alert – Notifies you of incoming calls from your group
      Channel Scan – Checks channels for activity when function is activated
      eVOX – Hands-Free Operation – Easy voice activation
      Auto Squelch – Removes annoying background noise
      Keypad Lock – Prevents accidental activation of function/mode keys
      Dual Power Options – Uses 3 AAA batteries (not included) or rechargeable battery (not included)
      Water Resistant
      Keystroke Tones
      Accessory Jacks
      Charges through the Headset Jack
      Battery Life Extender

      Of course they cannot be trunked, but with 22 chs. to choose from, I think they would work just fine for a dept. with limited funds...(as many are today) for fireground operations. Thinking back a few years, the standard / basic VHF system worked pretty well too, but then that was considered out-of-date, old fashioned tech, so depts. jumped on the wagon to have the latest, greatest, expensive system...that still is not fail-safe.
      "Take care of yourself first. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow or for that matter...what the next few seconds is going to bring."


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