I'd expect that's because (with very few exceptions) nearly all engineers, designers, company executives, and marketing people have had absolutely no public safety experience at all. With very few exceptions, most have never worn a uniform or even come close to applying the gimmicks they're trying to sell. Of the vocal public safety people who are gimmick advocates, many are moldy oldies who've been carrying a rubber gun and driving a desk for decades or so out of touch with the field that they could no longer perform their core function in their agency. And finally, there are the IT departments who are taking over radio systems thinking how primative and brutal land mobile radio is and how it can be neatened up by making it more like an IT landscape.I'm kind of curious about the statement about all the stuff they can do before they arrive on scene. I would rather them be driving then on their phone. There are enough hazards the way it is while driving 10-33.
This is all uncharted territory as far as the FCC goes. I'm not sure why this would require type acceptance beyond whatever the device itself gets, because the argument can be made that it's effectively a portable control station of the agency's RF infrastructure. There probably should be some... amendment... in how these are accounted for, because these will increase channel loading, but I'm not sure how that should be done. It seems the economy killed CLS and ULS doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.Since P25 uses IP as a transport technoolgy the bridge between the LMR and the handheld device on 3G/LTE would be a Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunnel to the BeOn access point (gateway) which has connectivity on the same virtual local area network as the LMR. So the VPN is either run natively like the Cisco IPsec VPN on the iPhone or maybe it's incorporated into the BeOn app. I don't know.
I believe the app will be licensed per device, so including the app you'll need the gateway and (x) number of server(s).
The real question is would this type of App have to be "type accepted" in order to be used in this capacity. The PTT app would be rebroadcast? over the LMR frequencies, in order to work. Is there some work around/exclusion for voice traffic that originates on a non type accepted device, can someone chime in on this?
So true 902, sad but true!...Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, there's a critical device powered by Delco S2000 battery hanging in a NEMA box bolted to a telephone pole. When that battery goes dead, so might half the country with it.
Good point about Verizon, and don't get me started on RIM. Why did we think it was a good idea to use a proxy server for email? If you buy enough handsets, they actually give you a license for the Blackberry manager thingy though, which would be the only way I'd deploy those to my folks....I'm thinking about the recent Verizon nationwide failures, as well as the hstory of RIM failures for Blackberry.
Yeah, the whole d block and spectrum auctions is a joke. Public safety can't build a national network and why would commercial providers sign on to have their spectrum taken away when PS needs it? The feds have been slick though. They'll have "beneficial use" of all these middle mile fiber projects, a.ka. the infrastructure for a national public safety LTE network. Just gotta build out those ENode B's.... That's probably the biggest reason I'm not in like with a wholesale migration to LTE the way the talking heads envision.
Nah. The app itself isn't radiating RF. The cell phone and the gateway to the radio system are the only equipment that will be radiating. So, yes, the gateway will need to be type-accepted but not the app itself.The real question is would this type of App have to be "type accepted" in order to be used in this capacity. The PTT app would be rebroadcast? over the LMR frequencies, in order to work. Is there some work around/exclusion for voice traffic that originates on a non type accepted device, can someone chime in on this?
There is a pet peeve of mine regarding all of these high-tech vaporwonders for communicating over beyond-RF distances. Why? With respect to the now-cancelled NYSWIN project, nobody ever answered the question of why anyone in Albany would need to talk directly by radio to anyone in Buffalo....undeniably it does have its usefulness, especially as the article says, for those who are out of range of the radio system.