‘Pop-Up Communications’: Applications for temporary LTE networks
Earlier this summer, we announced we had been working with the Fire Department of Indre in France to test a ‘pop-up’ LTE communications network that was capable of being assembled and ready to use in under 20 minutes. This meant firefighters would be able to access reliable broadband services in remote areas where existing network coverage was unavailable.
To form the basis of this network we equipped a command vehicle with an antenna, an LTE eNodeB (manufactured by ETELM), a Halys LTE EPC core and the Streamwide application to reproduce all the critical communication requirements (including emergency calls and broadcasting), geolocation services, and casualty reporting capabilities.
Each individual using the network was given modern ruggedized smartphones and video sensors (manufactured by 4G Technology) were deployed, which were either fixed or attached to helmets. In the command vehicle the team had access to the geolocation of each firefighter and could manage all the group and individual calls as well as all video broadcasting.
The technology also provided a satellite link so that staff on the ground could easily connect to a central communication system if needed. The tests demonstrated that private LTE communications can be quickly established for emergency situations outside of typical network coverage. But what other applications could this technology have?
If you are having an event that takes place outside, or just outside the reach of your existing communications network, a pop-up network will provide secure communications infrastructure that your staff can rely on for the duration of the event.
It is important to have a reliable and secure communications network for any event with public attendance. This is for security purposes and will allow you to quickly and safely deal with any emergencies that may arise, connecting emergency service members with event organisers.
If your company is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of any large-scale pieces of infrastructure you will often be required to carry out specific repair projects in locations outside of typical network coverage. For a large project that involves a number of operatives working in an unfamiliar location in potentially hazardous conditions a dedicated, private and secure communications network can make all the difference.
If your workers are carrying out repairs to damaged areas that are still degrading, the speed that this network can be implemented could help you fix the problem faster and more efficiently than would otherwise be possible.
About Etelm’s eNodeB
Our eNodeB was designed to ensure high quality communications in tactical situations. It complies fully with 3GPP Standards and operates in many different frequency bands (both TDD and FDD), and is fully designed and manufactured by ETELM. eNodeB can also be optimised for your organisation’s individual needs.
If you are interested in learning more about this type of network get in touch today.