Public safety broadband network use-case—wildland-urban interface fire

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Authors
  1. Fournier, J.
  2. Lucente, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
Public safety broadband wireless communications is an emerging capability that will provide public safety users with broadband wireless connectivity in support of feature rich applications that will greatly enhance their communications and information sharing capabilities. There are many public safety broadband initiatives worldwide that are currently underway. In Canada, the public safety broadband initiative is known as the public safety broadband network (PSBN), which is essentially a cellular network much like commercial cellular networks, but built for public safety users. Traditionally, first responders and public safety users use land mobile radio (LMR) with push-to-talk voice and an ability to send and receive data but only in a very limited manner. In some cases, users augment their radio communications with commercial cellular service, providing them access to broadband data services. This report compares the effectiveness of LMR complemented by commercial cellular service with a PSBN service in the context of a theoretical wildland-urban interface fire use-case.

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Keywords
Wireless;broadband;Long Term Evolution (LTE);Communications networks;public safety communications;700 MHz;use case
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-R116 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2017
Number of Pages
42
DSTKIM No
CA045296
CANDIS No
805695
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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