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Convergent broadband solutions as a platform for applications

28.11.2018
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Fast voice and data transmission with the most complete level of coverage, even in difficult environments: These are the extremely demanding requirements that are placed on professional mobile radio (PMR) these days - and the demand for individually tailored, versatile and high-performance data applications is constantly increasing.

Authorities and organizations in the public safety sector, as well as supply and transport businesses and the industrial sector increasingly require broadband data applications in order to increase safety or to optimize their day-to-day operational processes.

Broadband data services (4G LTE systems currently offer the fastest transfer) form the foundation for all types of mobile data applications. In the public safety sector, the operational personnel on the ground or in the control room can obtain a much better impression of the situation if high-resolution photos can be exchanged or live videos can be streamed.

Access to the world of fast broadband is also a real advantage for companies in an extremely wide range of sectors since relevant applications can be used to significantly increase their efficiency and productivity. Thanks to fast broadband connections via LTE or WiFi, automated production or supply systems can be controlled and monitored remotely in order to implement changes relating to changing loads, production rates and real-time technical monitoring - with the help of Machine to Machine (M2M) data or Internet of Things (IoT) data.

At the same time, a stable and, above all, secure voice transmission - and therefore one of the main performance features of traditional PMR networks such as DMR and TETRA - continues to be an important and indispensable basic prerequisite for mission-critical communication.

The Multi-mode Advanced Radio as an application platform

This means that the combination of narrowband and broadband communication for mission-critical applications is an ideal solution. The Multi-mode Advanced Radio from Hytera (PTC760) combines both of these features in just one device. It offers a convergent platform for the high-end encrypted transmission of critical voice communication and from LTE broadband services. The radio is therefore becoming an indispensable assistant for task forces and operational personnel.

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With the multi-mode radio, Hytera has created a platform for countless application solutions on Android that offer unlimited possibilities - individually configured for the area of application and the user.

Operational personnel from the public safety sector benefit from features such as secure messaging, video streaming, data acquisition; while, in the industrial sector, intelligent solutions for optimizing workflows are in demand. Applications here range from simple work checklists and time logs through to agile order and operations management and even extensive mobile documentation incorporating sensor data and photos. This makes it quick and hassle-free to complete ISO processes and other general or company-specific procedures, without the need for time-consuming and costly paper documentation. Furthermore, the Multi-mode Advanced Radios can incorporate IoT solutions, such as digitally controlling machines or measuring and monitoring data from sensors by app.

Modern broadband technology also paves the way for "smart cities": Innovative application solutions are already in operation, for instance to control, service and, if necessary, quickly repair traffic light systems. Other use cases include controlling waste disposal in public spaces, as well as relaying information and transmitting warning messages, e.g. for employees of municipal utility companies. The possibilities are virtually endless.

Broadband PMR in the retail sector

Even outside of mission- and business-critical areas of application, the importance of applications in radio communication is increasing significantly. A great example of this is the retail sector: In addition to voice communication, there is an increasing demand for data applications that provide support for day-to-day operations. Broadband can therefore be used to easily check stock levels using a camera scan, for example, or to quickly access data in order to offer the customer a better service.

In addition: For the retail trade or other commercial sectors that do not require highly encrypted communication, such as security companies, corporations and on construction sites, a radio solution with pure LTE devices represents a great, inexpensive alternative - the new PNC370 from Hytera offers great voice transmission within the framework of a Push-To-Talk over Cellular solution (PoC) and, in the same way as the Multi-mode radio, is a flexible platform for broadband applications.

Do you want to learn more? All news relating to PMRExpo 2018 and Hytera can now be found online at www.hytera-mobilfunk.com/en/pmrexpo/. Why not take a look?

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