The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Group selected Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., to provide a technology demonstrator for a secure broadband services solution for first responders. The solution, based on capabilities developed in Elbit Systems Land and C4I division incorporates also the proven BlackBerry® 10 secure workspace within an Android smartphone and will demonstrate an advanced interoperable communication solution for many Federal agencies as well as state and local public safety authorities nationwide.
Elbit's solution will enable any-to-any secure, interoperable, multimedia services with seamless connectivity between various commercial broadband cellular networks, FirstNet LTE Band 14 and the existing P25 LMR infrastructure.
Services supported by Elbit's solution include Push to Talk (PTT), Push to Video (PTV), voice and video conferencing, video streaming, situation awareness data (command & control), LMR and telephone connectivity, as well as Ad-Hoc mesh network capabilities.
DHS will use this solution to test the new LTE broadband network with various mission critical secure multimedia services for public safety users. Following the integration and proof of concept phase, DHS will proceed with field tests within selected homeland security components.
Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America President and CEO, stated, "Recent events in the U.S. and the evolving FirstNet's LTE network infrastructure with other broadband initiatives for first responders and tactical forces globally provide new opportunities for Elbit Systems secure mobile HLS solutions."
Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.
Date: Dec 17, 2013