Harris Corp. has entered a wireless broadband technology pilot program with Miami-Dade County, Fla. first responders, the company announced Tuesday.
The Melbourne, Fla.-based contracor said the test program runs through July and aims to deliver LTE to modems in department vehicles.
By utilizing technology that can provide first responders with real-time access to databases and video from 35 county municipalities, the county is aiming to determine what role LTE can play in its public safety future.
Specifically, the test will help determine which applications “capitalize on LTE’s capacity and capability” to provide integrated and mission-specific information, according to the announcement.
“Miami-Dade is leaping forward to bring our first responders much““needed access to data““rich applications only available through LTE,” said Felix Perez, director of the radio communications information division in the county’s technology department.
Harris said it is also testing technology that can enable first responders to securely shift between private and public broadband networks.
Nokia Siemens Networks serves as a Harris’ LTE technology partner.
“With more than 2.4 million citizens to serve, our officers require the enhanced situational awareness that only public safety LTE can deliver,” said Perez.
The county is testing Harris’ radio access network infrastructure, which has a local RAN connected to Harris’ LTE core in Massachusetts.