Over the past decade, public safety advocates worked hand-in-hand with government leaders to build support for a nationwide public safety network. In 2012, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created. Using the latest in Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) technology, General Dynamics Mission Systems worked to provide FirstNet-Ready connectivity and deliver on-demand and real time information to law enforcement, firefighters, first responders and public safety personnel operating in the most challenging environments.
To enable 4G LTE connectivity, the state of the art General Dynamics Mission Systems Evolved Node B (eNodeB) is the most critical element to create an operational public safety network. This component bridges user equipment, like first responder smartphones and radios, with the core of the public safety network.
The eNodeB is fully FirstNet-compatible and can be deployed on a tower, building rooftop, equipment room, shelter, or outdoor cabinet, such as a deployable Cell On Wheels (COW). The flexibility of the eNodeB provides first responders with high-speed network coverage to enable voice, video, data, text, and chat.
The eNodeBlue: Delivering 4G LTE for Public Safety Networks
General Dynamics Mission Systems’ combines Serving Gateway, Packet Data Network Gateway, Mobility Management Entity, and Home Subscriber Service into a highly scalable and cost effective architecture. Diverse hardware configurations support operator deployments from economical 4G LTE networks for rural communities to mission critical 4G LTE networks for public safety operators. Software features support flat rate Internet service to sophisticated application level quality of service management.
The EPC3000 scales from a baseline system for small networks to a fully loaded system for regional networks. The modular architecture offers a ‘pay as-you-go’ model. Operators scale the EPC3000 as the network and subscriber bases grow. Adding capacity is as simple as using additional processing blades on the chassis and activating subscriber licenses.
In an effort to continually innovate and anticipate how First Responders will use the network, General Dynamics Mission Systems is currently building a Virtual 4G Core Network (VCN) which is a smaller, more versatile core with added flexibility for use without backhaul. Whether you are building a network from the ground up, upgrading an existing network, or need the flexibility of a deployable network, size, weight, and power are important considerations.
The VCN 4G Core Network is a virtual core network that delivers all of the functionality you require from a single commercial off the shelf (COTS) server. In the past, the functionality associated with the VCN has been hosted on as many as seven separate hardware platforms. This virtual environment enables the EPC to be distributed to the edge of the network in a single transit case. Available in rugged servers for tactical applications or non-rugged servers for fixed site installations, the VCN goes where you need it.
Wireless Mesh Points provide truly mobile, self-forming, self-healing, wireless network infrastructures for dynamic network environments. Designed for performance and survivability in harsh tactical use, Mesh Points deliver performance networking with accredited security in a range of rugged, versatile form factors. They have history of delivering rugged and easily deployable secure wireless mesh networks that keep military and public safety workers connected anytime and anywhere.
Unique Features of Wireless Mesh Points
- Rapidly establish secure networks in large outdoor areas and in harsh conditions
- Fully transportable network, easy to set up and configure
- Versatile mast mount, vehicle mount and portable battery operated options
- Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) technology enables inter-agency interoperability worldwide