The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a blur of past, present, and future at the 2016 Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational this past weekend. As gorgeous vintage racecars buzzed around the track, we were reminded of how these vehicles were once the height of innovation and technology. However, many years later, their former glory has faded, as drivers need more in terms of speed, safety, and performance.

The same goes for telecommunications technology. Just as the vintage racecars we saw last weekend were once world-renowned, LMR technology was once recognized as one of the greatest innovations in public safety communications. However, today LMR cannot meet the needs of real-time resilient data and video for emergency responders and public safety officers. We’re witnessing the decline of a once-great technology, but that’s the beauty of this industry, because we’re also now experiencing the beginning a new chapter in telecommunications.

So in the spirit of innovation, we decided to bring the future of public safety communications to this event by deploying a band 14 public safety LTE network. With a powerful ecosystem of partners, including a Motorola network and Ericsson EPC in Harris County, LTE backhaul from T-Mobile, and Android handsets from Sonim, we were able to successfully demonstrate how a band 14 LTE network could drastically improve public safety communications. With the ability to send videos directly from the site of an emergency to the control room, circulate pictures of missing persons, or send text messages when voice is not feasible, this network bridges the gap between outdated LMR and resilient LTE, while also enabling interoperability between agencies.

So as we watched the cars whiz by and remembered the former glory of both the legendary racers and LMR technology, we couldn’t hide our excitement to be making history with our band 14 LTE public safety network and to be enabling the future of public safety communications.

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