Chicago tests use of first responders' broadband networks

Chicago recently tested the use of its broadband networks for first responders.
Chicago recently tested the use of its broadband networks for first responders.

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate recently released the findings from its Chicago Long-Term Evolution pilot program that was tested on first responders.

“This pilot allowed us to test the use of broadband networks for public safety and arrive at conclusions that not only inform the network architecture design of Chicago’s network, but many others including the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network,” First Responders Group (FRG) Program Manager Cuong Luu said. “Key findings touching on viability, limitations and future research needs are especially helpful for those currently using commercial broadband networks and for researchers and other partners focused on the build-out of this broadband network for public safety.”

The city is seeking to increase investments for first responders when they are in an area that allows them high-speed internet by providing real-time access to law enforcement videos.

“DHS S&T is committed to giving first responders the best tools to do their jobs,” Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers said. “By focusing on how to transmit real-time video to their cars, trucks, etc., we can make their jobs easier and potentially save a lot of lives.”

The real-time applications were tested from February to May 2015. Police officers in the 7th District tested the program.

“We wanted to help them define their requirements and to be able to bring the technology early enough to them in order to do so,” Luu said.

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