Push-To-Talk for Every City Department

Push-to-talk is probably one of the most important features in mission critical situations. Pressing the push-to-talk button starts a call, connecting in a few milliseconds. But the technology has made it difficult for local governments to include all users, mission and non-mission critical, on the same network at a reasonable cost. Until now.

With the addition of ISSI-based / Land Mobile Radio interoperability connected through cellular carrier networks, local governments can increase their productivity, collaboration and efficiency at a fraction of the cost.

Today, most governments have a two-way Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system for their mission-critical users and non-mission critical users, like public service or public works departments, who have to operate on the same network. The problem is that the radios used on the two-way radio system can run $1,000 per user or more. Plus, if the LMR system needs additional capacity to carry the call traffic for non-mission critical users, this also translates into real dollars in increased site costs.

Last month, Airbus DS Communications successfully completed a customer pilot of an open, standards-compliant ISSI (Inter-RF Subsystem Interface) solution linking its VESTA® Radio P25 system with carrier-integrated Broadband push-to-talk (PTT) networks. The pilot placed smartphones with a push-to-talk application in the hands of non-mission critical users allowing them to communicate directly with traditional two-way radio users, dispatchers and other smartphone users - seamlessly. The pilot was with the City of Richardson and involved agencies such as water, traffic and sanitation, among others. The result proved local governments can implement fast, secure, reliable push-to-talk communications for all users, regardless of the network, at a fraction of the cost.

“With this solution, communication is seamless,” said Steve Graves, Chief Information Officer for the City of Richardson, Texas. “Our city has added new PTT users within mission-support agencies using cost-effective smartphone devices instead of more costly, traditional LMR radios.”

“We are very excited about the results of the pilot with the City of Richardson. LMR interoperability with Broadband PTT users unlocks opportunities for efficient communication that were financially impractical for cities before,” said John Szpak, General Manager, VESTA Radio Products at Airbus DS Communications. “It cost-effectively and seamlessly links VESTA Radio public safety users with other departments, increasing productivity while keeping everyone connected when it matters most.”

The VESTA Radio solution is P25 standards-compliant and completely open, allowing organizations to choose the exact components—radios, consoles and recorders—they need from a variety of vendors. The VESTA Radio solution delivers clear, reliable, sub-second push-to-talk communications and LMR interoperability over 4G/LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

“The collaboration with Airbus DS Communications and its partners to develop solutions like these is invaluable to public safety agencies and the cities they serve,” added Graves.

For more information on how you can take advantage of this new service, contact us at VESTAMarketing@airbus-dscomm.com.