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SEP 2018

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86 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 QUESTIONS OF CONTROL Who owns the communications network? Who controls it? Who makes decisions about investments in the network? LMR and LTE offer two different sets of answers. "Most LMR radios are controlled closer to the agency. e agency can determine how much coverage and capacity is needed, and it A perfect tool to locate missing objects - Easy operation - Detects ALL metals - Interchangeable coils - Visual and audio readout - Commercial grade - Land & underwater detecting - In use by FBI, US Navy and law enforecment agencies worldwide JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. 1953 County Street East Taunton MA 02718 USA (800)822-4744 or (508)822-7330 Email: info@jwfishers.com www.jwfishers.com the Pulse 8X underwater metal detector. controls that end product, where- as with broadband you basically get the carrier's best effort," says former battalion chief John Leni- han, retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and now chair of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council In- teroperability Committee. Most LMR operators will un- derstand the nuance here. "With land mobile, if you have bad power, you build sites with bat- tery backup. If you have connec- tivity issues, you build your own microwave network. Now you are turning all that over to FirstNet," Horden says. Giving up control will rub many cops the wrong way, Horden adds. "Public safety in general is risk averse. e nature of the job means it is better to use some- thing that does 80% of what you need but it always works, rather than something that maybe could do 95% but you don't know if it will al- ways work." Lenihan worries, too, about the vast infrastructure requirements around LTE. LMR can cover a wide area from a single base, "while the LMR offers users the ability to form their own small groups, a critical capability for police in certain operational scenarios. The Future of Police Radio PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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