In an emergency, reliable communication is vital. But it’s hard to manage a local team of first responders, or a multiple-agency response, when your radio can’t connect beyond the town limits and your land mobile radio (LMR) network is older than your newest recruit.
But recent technology is closing the distance gap and allowing frontline workers to communicate with surrounding — or remote — agencies on a common frequency using their cellular device.
The newest LMR interoperability solutions can broaden your team’s range. They rely on one app to connect almost any smartphone or tablet via LTE cellular network to radio frequencies used by police, fire and emergency services for seamless interagency collaboration. Interoperability eliminates the need for personnel to carry a bulky radio or pager to connect to the LMR network.
And distance is no longer a barrier. First responders who cover large, rural areas shaped by uneven terrain can easily connect with command centers or team members at opposite ends of the county — or even with those who may be out of jurisdiction during an emergency—for active and instant involvement.
In addition, every call that comes across the radio can be recorded with time and date stamps, which encourages safety and enables documentation.
Powered by a cellular network local to your area, a high-quality LMR interoperability solution should:
When searching for the right LMR interoperability solution, look to cellular providers local to your community that offer turnkey service and 24/7 support well beyond installation. Also ask if their solution allows you to connect to other carriers’ devices to ensure collaboration among neighbors who may be using a different provider.
State and local agencies already trust UScellular to provide a reliable network with data priority and preemption in any situation. Our new LMR interoperability solution helps first responders, utility workers and other frontline teams collaborate with the push of a button, no matter where they are positioned.