This year’s Super Bowl was exciting for a number of reasons especially if you are a Ravens fan, but the public safety community also has something to be excited about. First responders teamed with Harris to use 14 LTE devices that allowed them to stream video from the Super Bowl as part of a six-month pilot project in New Orleans.
- The first responders used a Harris LTE tablet on the private LTE network dedicated to first responders, which resulted in a significant performance improvement over the use of smartphones on a commercial network.
- While previous pilot programs in Miami and Las Vegas were single site programs, New Orleans launched two sites in order to cover a larger area.
- Unlike the Miami and Las Vegas programs, New Orleans used a “virtual core” (local) instead of backhauling to a hosted LTE core in Chelmsford, MA.
Food For thought
Overall the test run was very successful and a step forward in the utilization of LTE technology for public safety. Also the use of LTE had nothing to do with the blackout!