Cassidian and Alcatel-Lucent bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to professional mobile radio

May 16, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Cassidian, an EADS company, and Alcatel-Lucent are to enhance safety and operations for public safety agencies, energy and transport companies with the launch of a new solution called ‘Evercor®’.

Based on 4G LTE technology, it enables the use of video, data and other media to improve the way the security professionals serve and protect their communities.

Evercor integrates Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE mobile broadband with TETRA-based systems to form the first end-to-end integrated LTE 400 professional mobile radio (PMR) solution for the 380 to 470 MHz band — the frequency band currently used by public safety agencies and other essential services in many parts of the world. As a result it will support new broadband communications capabilities such as real-time video to complement existing radio systems. It also allows transport and energy companies using TETRA communications to benefit from mobile broadband applications.

By delivering high-speed 4G LTE mobile broadband services such as enhanced location information and transmission of medical records to ‘smart’ emergency response vehicles, handheld tablet devices and control center systems, teams will be equipped with the vital information they need to rapidly prepare for and respond to any incident. This can improve safety and security for both the public and workers and allow teams to more quickly identify locations and respond to incidents.

The use of real-time video and data services will improve operations for those working in the transport and energy industries. Early warnings of outages and incidents will in turn result in faster response and reduced maintenance time and costs. For all companies using TETRA communications, the solution will enable cost-efficiencies, allowing them to re-use their existing sites and equipment.

The Evercor solution uses Alcatel-Lucent’s eNodeB base stations, wireless packet core and backhaul solutions, and Cassidian LTE 400 Remote Radio Head, terminals and applications. The LTE 400 eNodeB can be fitted into Cassidian’s new TB3S TETRA Base station. Working in the 400 MHz bands delivers advantages over communications in a higher frequency band. Fewer base stations are required to provide coverage to a comparable geographic area and communication is made more reliable inside buildings and within