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GNSS repeater company enables public safety connectivity

November 6, 2017  - By
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Cloudstreet and Roger-GPS have successfully delivered a demonstration of the ability to enable any 4G/LTE network to support mission-critical connectivity for public safety.

Cloudstreet calls itself a “network slicing company.” Network slicing allows multiple virtual networks to be created on top of a common shared physical infrastructure. Roger-GPS, a Nokia spin-off, is a GNSS repeater company.

The two Finland-based companies presented the live proof-of-concept before a gathering of 50 public safety organizations participating in the Critical Communications Broadband Group’s plenary session hosted by Nokia at the Critical Communications Finland Conference on Oct. 27.

The demonstration marks a watershed in critical communications proving the ability to support life-critical connectivity for public safety through “local control“ functionality, Cloudstreet said.

Building toward this proof-of-concept, Cloudstreet has been working closely with the U.S. government’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) group overseeing FirstNet, a critical communications initiative in partnership with AT&T established following the tragedy and communications system failures of Sept. 11, 2001.

Looking for a solution to the limitations of TETRA-style dedicated networks for public safety PSRC and Cloudstreet drew up a blueprint for local control functionality as an essential component of next-generation critical communications networks.

Enabled by Cloudstreet’s Application-Aware Network Slicing platform, Local Control in the mobile network context provides public safety and critical communications operatives the ability to secure guaranteed, fail-safe connectivity to meet the demands of any data or communications applications required in the field.

Coupled with Roger-GPS’s government-grade GNSS repeater, it allows signal base synchronization across limitless base stations, providing end-to-end QoS-adjusted mobile radio throughput for essential life-saving public safety applications.

“We’re pleased to unveil this solution that is sure to become a critical platform for future public safety networks,” said Mika Skarp, founder and CTO of Cloudstreet. “The importance of delivering local control functionality for critical communications cannot be overstated. Leveraging our dynamic application-aware network slicing platform along with key radio signal support and synchronization gives public safety operatives the guaranteed service levels they need to meet their life-saving mandates. Together with our partners and a wave of innovative product developers, applications like real-time body camera video capture and situation analysis over unified commercial mobile networks suddenly become a reality, and these are but the tip of the iceberg. We’re proud to be playing our part in making this possible.”

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.