Companies Establish Public-Safety LTE Demo Network for New York Marathon
Monday, November 07, 2016 | Comments

Parallel Wireless and its partners established a 700 MHz band 14 Long Term Evolution (LTE) demonstration network covering Central Park for the 2016 TCS New York Marathon. 

The network consisted of Parallel Wireless nodes configured and optimized by a Parallel Wireless gateway. Race officials were able to communicate by voice and send data and monitor video on ruggedized Sonim Technologies devices.

Parallel Wireless said the network enabled officials to monitor real-time video surveillance cameras from handheld devices; they could see security cameras when moving around the finish line. Parallel Wireless conducted a test of video upload and download speeds that it plans to share with the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR).

“We will determine the maximum video stream load through tuning the cameras' codec parameters and camera count to understand throughput with band 14's 10-megahertz upload channel,” a statement said. 

Another objective was to test the band 14 network amid an urban scene clogged with RF signals that might cause interference. The Parallel Wireless HetNet gateway helped mitigate interface and prioritize video traffic.

“This was also the first example of enabling internet of things (IoT) for public safety with connecting not only end user devices, but also a network of surveillance cameras in interoperable Band 14 network,” the company said.

The marathon is an annual event that courses though the five boroughs of New York City. The finish line is near Columbus Circle in the southwest corner of Central Park. The demonstration network coverage focused on the 20-block area north of Columbus Circle and then east a few blocks into the park along the runners' route.

The FCC granted a special temporary authority (STA) license for the network. DC Rentals provided marathon operations with hundreds of LMR radios and managed the camera network. Sonim provided handsets, and Sierra Wireless supplied routers to deliver critical connectivity and enable remote control to field cameras. The New York Ethical Society and its Fieldstone School on Central Park accommodated antennas and network gear on its roof.

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