AT&T FirstNet Certifies Cradlepoint Module, Motorola Device as FirstNet Ready
Monday, August 06, 2018 | Comments

Cradlepoint and Motorola Solutions announced their products received First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) certification.

Cradlepoint said its MC400 modem module received FirstNet Ready status and approval, joining FirstNet’s nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) ecosystem for first responder solutions.

The device certification is for a new version of Cradlepoint’s plug-in LTE modem for compatible Cradlepoint IBR and AER series router solutions. This modular approach enables Cradlepoint to deliver FirstNet Ready solutions to connect to distributed sites, vehicles, mobile command centers, and an array of in-vehicle and in-the-field internet of things (IoT) devices such as sensors, cameras, drones and robots.

“We’re pleased to welcome Cradlepoint to the FirstNet ecosystem, giving first responders access to more trusted solutions that they can use on their network,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T FirstNet. “Cradlepoint’s FirstNet Ready MC400 modem module will continue to expand first responders’ capabilities, improve their operational effectiveness and increase their situational awareness to help keep them safe.”

More than 2,000 public-safety organizations, including first responders within 10 of the largest U.S. cities, rely on Cradlepoint LTE solutions to provide mission-critical connectivity and security for fixed site, vehicle and IoT networks. All MC400-equipped IBR and AER series LTE routers support FirstNet’s critical functionality as well as public safety’s band 14 spectrum. The certification process included hundreds of testing hours that cover a wide range of functional aspects, from security and durability to network impacts.

“Cradlepoint’s new FirstNet Ready MC400 modular modem provides us with a simple way to field upgrade existing Cradlepoint solutions in our fleet to support FirstNet when we are ready,” said Battalion Chief Dale Rolfson, IT manager with the Indianapolis Fire Department. “We also value the dual-modem capability that allows us to utilize FirstNet alongside other carrier connections. The Cradlepoint solutions have offered us the stability we’ve never had — and with NetCloud Manager, my team can manage and troubleshoot our mobile networks remotely — keeping our firefighters and vehicles always connected and ready for action.”

The module, model number MC400-600M-C-AT, is available now for NetCloud solution packages of compatible IBR and AER series LTE routers. All Cradlepoint routers are part of the Cradlepoint NetCloud, which provides cloud-based management, edge routing and security services, as well as SD-WAN functionality. NetCloud enables first responder organizations to deploy FirstNet concurrent with a second commercial LTE connection on any U.S. mobile network and then use SD-WAN to control the flow of applications between them.

Separately, Motorola Solutions announced the FirstNet Ready LEX L11 handheld device. The company’s public-safety LTE device is designed for use on FirstNet or similar global public-safety networks.

Motorola Solutions is a member of the AT&T four-company team selected by FirstNet to deliver the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) .

As a FirstNet Ready LTE device, the LEX L11 allows first responders access to secure apps for increased situational awareness. The LEX L11 is designed for use with the FirstNet-certified AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) application. In addition, the LTE device can be paired to APX two-way radios for interoperability between Project 25 (P25) networks and FirstNet. The device’s noise-canceling capabilities allow users to operate in high-noise environments typical for public safety, while also enabling situational awareness back to dispatch centers.

In addition to the LEX L11 device, Motorola Solutions delivered a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built specifically to address public-safety needs. The company is focused on creating cohesion between mission-critical LMR voice networks and dedicated public-safety LTE broadband for data sharing.

“The more advanced tools public safety has access to on their network, the more we can help them achieve their mission,” said Sambar. “With the FirstNet Ready designation, first responders can be confident that Motorola Solutions’ LEX L11 is a trusted solution that meets FirstNet’s standards for relevancy, high security and performance.”

The FirstNet devices are here, and the FirstNet in-vehicle products are here.

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