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Effective communication is at the heart of public safety. State and local agencies can be staffed with well-trained, responsive personnel, but if they cannot share information, they cannot serve the public interest. Analog-to-digital upgrades of LMR/PMR networks and new collaborative applications are improving operational efficiency with enhanced voice capabilities. New sources of information, including streaming video and digital images that have shown promise in increasing mission effectiveness, are feasible today. However, their value is not fully realized without the required connectivity of cooperating agency fixed sites, such as mobile radio cell sites, operations centers, dispatch centers and video-surveillance sources. To achieve such connectivity often requires extension of the network footprint while enhancing reliability and increasing bandwidth in support of new IP-based applications.
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