Telit Introduces FirstNet Certified Product Lineup
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 | Comments

As the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T build FirstNet, the first communications network dedicated to public safety, product designers are creating a wide variety of connected devices for use on the network.  These devices include  ruggedized laptops, handhelds, video surveillance equipment, vehicular routers, dash and body  cameras and emergency monitoring and detection devices. To function successfully in emergency situations, these devices must be rugged, reliable, and able to operate for long periods of time continuously in filed emergency situations.

Telit is the first to introduce a full line of embedded LTE modules and data-cards designed for use on the first cellular broadband network designed specifically for public safety.

The LM960 PCI Express Mini Card (mPCIe)

Telit’s LM960 PCI Express Mini Card (mPCIe) is the industry’s first Gigabit LTE module to go through FirstNet review for use by the ecosystem.

The LM960 is the world’s first full industrial-grade, Cat 18 mPCIe module, a form factor that’s compatible with a wide variety of first responder devices, such as gateways and network routers installed inside fire trucks, ambulances, and other first responder vehicles. Prescribed by the Category 18 LTE standard, the LM960 supports 4×4 MIMO antennas, non-contiguous uplink carrier aggregation, 5-channel downlink carrier aggregation with LAA and CBRS and 256 QAM high-order downlink modulation. It also delivers positioning and navigation functionality with support to multiple satellite location technologies, including GPS. In addition to Band 14, the LM960 operates all other cellular bands used by FirstNet to provide first responders with maximum connection reliability anywhere in the country.

The LTE Advanced Pro LM960 is capable of 1.2 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload speeds ideal for bandwidth-intensive public safety applications, such as live streaming, high-definition video and first responder vehicular routers.

Cat 1 and Cat 4 Modules

This month, FirstNet starts adding the first embedded LTE band 14 IoT modules in Categories 1 and 4 to its lineup: the Telit LE910C1-NF and LE910C4-NF. The Telit LE910C1-NF provides FirstNet integrators with LTE Category 1 speed of 10 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload, ideal for devices such as mid-range mobile routers and gateways, trackers, navigation solutions and video devices. The Telit LE910C4-NF provides Category 4 broadband speeds (150 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload) for high-speed mobile broadband routers and gateways. Designs based on either module leverage the robustness of LGA mounting, resulting in an ultra-rugged end-device for first responders.

Both products offer optional support multi-constellation GNSS satellite positioning and navigation, including GPS.. Featuring industrial-grade packaging for integration into devices capable of withstanding harsh environments such as disaster sites, both modules provide first responders with maximum connectivity options, including the public safety allocated Band 14 plus other LTE bands available and included by FirstNet nationwide.

FirstNet Evolution and Market Impact

Communication needs for FirstNet devices and routers vary, and a wider selection of approved modules means developers can dial-in optimal feature-performance for their product. As the public safety market continues to grow, in-the-field communication will move beyond vehicle routers and mobile push-to-talk devices to include more wearables and sensors, with the goal of providing predictive data. For example, air quality sensors placed throughout a city could provide emergency personnel information that’s useful when fighting fires.

“The first priority for public safety is to become more proactive than reactive,” said Ken Bednasz, Vice President of Applications Engineering at Telit.. “Having sensors in place that will report data in real time allows first responders to be more proactive in dealing with various situations, and our products are helping to enable those tracking capabilities.”

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