Florida-based Harris Corporation has announced that it installing 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) configured modems in a number of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) vehicles in a pilot programme aimed at demonstrating the potential of next generation wireless broadband technology. LVMPD is testing Harris’ Radio Access Network infrastructure, which is connected to the Harris-hosted LTE core in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has supplied a number of ‘eNode B’ base stations, which are able to operate in all 20MHz of the 700MHz ‘Band 14’ spectrum allocated to public safety. This programme represents the second pilot announced by Harris in recent months; in March, Miami-Dade police officers began participating in a parallel initiative.
Joseph Lombardo, assistant sheriff at the LVMPD, commented: ‘Our vision is to bring the most advanced capabilities to Nevada, so we are evaluating the possibilities of LTE in the hands of Las Vegas first responders. We are eager to explore the potential for improved situational awareness, and real-time video – capabilities that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the field’.