Changing the Public Safety LTE Landscape with Drones and Mobile Edge Computing

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By Lian Jye Su | 1Q 2017 | IN-4454


Drones Are to Play a Big Role in Public Safety LTE


Even as traditional public safety communication protocols, such as TETRA and P25, continue to grow, LTE is expected to play a larger role in the public safety sector. In 3GPP Release 13, several public safety features are introduced, including mission-critical push-to-talk (PTT), isolated E-UTRAN operation, and extended proximity services that feature indoor positioning. In Release 14 and on, more enhancements are expected to be introduced, such as mission-critical push-to-video, latency reduction, and location services. LTE provides public safety agencies with plenty of bandwidth to use various applications, such as real-time video surveillance, indoor positioning and drones, and will enhance their emergency response capabilities.

In February 2017, Nokia demonstrated the use of drones in mission-critical assignments. During the demonstration, drones streamed video and other sensor data from the disaster site to the command center, and the inputs were monitored and analyzed to provide an accurate picture of the disaster sites, providing first res…

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