Baptism of fire for Motorola Solutions’ 4G first responder network in LA

Motorola Solutions and the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System demonstrate the Los Angeles-area public safety network for the first time during 127th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California

Baptism of fire for Motorola Solutions’ 4G first responder network in LA

A new dedicated 4G LTE public safety broadband network built by Motorola Solutions was successfully deployed for the first time during the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade held in Pasadena, California, where it was used to monitor security.

Motorola Solutions built the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) public safety broadband infrastructure, which is designed to provide public safety agencies with the ability to access broadband data applications in the field.

The demonstration at the Rose Parade showed how a host of broadband-enabled tools in the hands of first responders enhanced their ability to protect the estimated 750,000 attendees at the parade along the 5.5-mile route.

LA-RICS provides a robust broadband network for first responders to use every day to stream live video, track locations of officers and key equipment in real time to enhance situational awareness for police, fire and emergency response providers. The system made protecting Rose Parade watchers more efficient and significantly enhanced situational awareness for all first responders.

The network proved to be essential during large public events such as the Rose Parade, where crowds overwhelm commercial broadband networks, so first responders need a dedicated network for their mission-critical communications.

LA-RICS utilised both a broadband LTE network and a land mobile radio (LMR) system to enhance operations during the demonstration at the Rose Parade and was able to create push-to-talk capability between both networks.

During the demonstration, Motorola Solutions’ LEX L10 mission critical LTE handheld devices worked with its public safety software apps such as WAVE Work Group Communications. The technology helped first responders with broadband push-to-talk capability to deliver real-time voice and data securely over the network.

Other Motorola Solutions applications used at the parade included Compasscom Converged Services, which provided situational awareness capabilities by displaying the location of other public safety users on a map on the LEX L10 devices and at the command post.

In addition, to the mobile devices and applications, Motorola’s VML 750 broadband modems streamed video wirelessly from vehicles and from fixed cameras back to command centres and broadband devices on the public safety network.

“The successful LA-RICS demonstration at the Rose Parade created an ideal platform to showcase Motorola Solutions’ best-in-class devices, software and services that improve public safety,” said Mark Schmidl, vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions. “It has been our privilege to build the nation’s largest dedicated public safety broadband network, which will significantly enhance safety throughout the Los Angeles area.”

LA-RICS is among the Early Builder projects under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Programme, which financed its construction. It is the largest dedicated broadband network designed to be part of the FirstNet national broadband system built so far.

Photo: LA County Sherrif's Department

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