The Case for Commercial Push-to-Talk Technology in Public Safety
mcpmanager October 2nd, 2017
Posted In: Radio, Wireless & Broadband
First responders long have depended on hardened land mobile radio (LMR) systems—featuring public safety-grade radios and infrastructure—to provide their mission-critical communications needs. These networks and devices are entirely different from those offered by commercial providers, as the latter are not designed to stand up to the rigors of first responder use. Moreover, while public safety networks are engineered to provide sufficient capacity during events that require a multi-jurisdictional response, commercial networks often are overloaded during a major incident, emergency or otherwise.
This whitepaper discusses why commercial PTT services have emerged more recently in the public sector as a whole—public safety, public works, public transportation and public utilities—driven by a variety of factors, as well as
- The evolution of commercial push to talk technology in public safety
- Push to talk app classifications and their advantages and disadvantages
- When public safety agencies should consider a push to talk solution