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The company must have liked its CDPD revenue: The firm wants 12 MHz of 24 MHz set aside in the 700 MHz band for a nationwide broadband public-safety network. The network would be unavailable to Verizon’s commercial customers.
Earlier this year, Cyren Call Communications suggested allocating, not auctioning, an additional 30 MHz of 700 MHz that could be shared among public safety and commercial uses with first responders having priority. This would augment the 24 MHz already allocated, but bypass an auction process.
The city presented its network for police, fire: The network only encompasses 24 police cars and three fire command vehicles so far, but 100 to 200 vehicles will eventually be connected for retrieving information in real time, including mug shots and building blueprints. The network will expand beyond public safety ultimately into municipal purposes over the next year. The network uses proprietary Motorola mesh technology meant for robust use in the 2.4 GHz band. (Motorola offers mesh radios that can handle its own protocol or Wi-Fi either in 2.4 GHz or the 4.9 GHz public safety band.)
An interesting note near the bottom of this article is that the city expected to mount the 450 nodes mostly on city-owned buildings and public school.s However, it was more complicated than expensive, and they eventually rented space on utility poles.
The city is one of many that has had to find its next-generation wireless technology with the demise of CDPD, which was terminated in Providence in February. The city has used Verizon EVDO in the meantime.