Elbit Systems tests WideBridge solution for mission critical broadband services

WideBridge solution provides interoperability services between FirstNet LTE networks and P25 LMR networks to support PTT, PTV, video streaming, multimedia services and direct mode applications

Elbit Systems tests WideBridge solution for mission critical broadband services

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate has awarded a contract to Elbit Systems of America to deliver a technology demonstration for a mission critical secure broadband services solution for first responders and public safety users.

This demonstration will include the WideBridge, a solution that integrates mission critical capabilities with FIPS certified  BlackBerry BES10 secure workspace and Etherstack’s Project 25 (P25)networks interoperability proven capabilities.  

The solution was developed at Elbit Systems Land and C4I division with the objective of delivering the most advanced interoperable broadband communication services using FirstNet (the dedicated 4G LTE network for US first responders) and commercial LTE networks suitable for federal, state and local public safety agencies nationwide.

WideBridge enables any-to-any secure, interoperable, multimedia services with seamless connectivity between various commercial broadband cellular networks, FirstNet LTE Band 14 and the existing P25 land mobile radio (LMR) infrastructure.

Mission critical services supported by WideBridge include push-to-talk (PTT), push-to-view (PTV), voice and video conferencing, video streaming from agents and video sensors in the network, map activated multimedia services, situational awareness information dissemination (command & control),
P25 interoperability, and a ‘revolutionary’ off-network direct mode broadband connectivity using self-forming ad-hoc mesh network for local mission teams.

DHS intends to use this solution for testing the new concept of accessing secure multimedia services for public safety users through LTE broadband network.  As of September 2014, WideBridge system tests have begun at the Public Safety Communications Research Lab in Boulder, Colorado. After successful demonstration, these tests will be followed by field testing of the system in early 2015.

Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and chief executive officer stated: “Ongoing efforts to establish important interoperable broadband solutions for the FirstNet LTE infrastructure is a high priority at Elbit Systems. These solutions will provide the nation’s first responders and tactical forces with the use of secure mobile homeland security solutions now and in the future.”

Leave a Comment